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Date published: 12/2/2013

Walther B. Fidler

Walther Balderson Fidler, 90, of Sharps passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

He was born in Sharps on April 18, 1923, to Peyton Joseph Fidler and Gladys Balderson Fidler. A product of public education, he graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1944, with a B.A. degree in history and government. His experience as a page in the Senate of Virginia during the sessions of 1938, 1940 and 1942 engendered his lasting interest in the law and government.

He served his country during World War II in the Pacific theater as a lieutenant junior grad in the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Through the benefits of the GI Bill, Walther graduated from T.C. Williams Law School in 1949 and joined Charles H. Ryland in Warsaw in the general practice of law.

Walther served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the Northern Neck for 14 years. In the following years, he served as director of public affairs for the Virginia Manufacturers' Association for eight years and was a member of the newly created State Board of Corrections, serving as chairman for two years.

In 1982, he was elected judge of the 15th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where he served until his retirement in 1995 as chief judge.

Walther was a charter member of VFW Post 2937 in Warsaw, an organizing director of the Richmond County Little League, a member of the Richmond County Ruritan Club and a charter member of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society.

Walther was a lifelong member of Milden Presbyterian Church, serving as elder for more than 50 years. He played an active role in the church as well as the Presbytery of the James.

Walther was preceded in death by his parents; his loving brother Peyton Joseph Fidler Jr. and wife Wilhelmina; and his nephew, John Raymond Fidler Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha Spencer Fidler; his children, Kathleen Fidler Beane (George), Frances Fidler Childs (Wayne), Jane Fidler Dungan and James Robert Fidler II (Tristin); foster daughter Nancy Thurman McGuire (Joe); 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Milden Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Northern Neck Scholarship Fund at Randolph-Macon College, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005.