Wayne Leo Scriba
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Wayne Leo Scriba
  • March 26, 1930 - July 12, 2017
  • Mesa, Arizona

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Wayne Leo Scriba passed away July 12th, 2017 in Mesa Arizona. He was born March 26, 1930 in Mendota, Illinois to Leo Harmon and Lucy [Finley] Scriba. Wayne attended high school for his first three years in Mendota and in his senior year, he transferred to LaSalle/Peru where he graduated. From 1951 - 1955, during the Korean War, Wayne served in the US Navy on the Philippines Sea. Wayne attended the University of Illinois and LPO Junior College and completed his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. On August 20, 1960, he was married to Rita Phillips; together they raised two daughters, Lucy and Elizabeth. Wayne served as a test engineer for General Motors, Delco Electronics of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for 32 years. From 1974-1976, Wayne and his family went to Seattle where he spent two years working for Boeing Company. During their two years in Seattle, the family was adopted by a local Coast Guard group. In 1976, the family returned to Waukesha, WI to work with General Motors. He retired in 1993 from GM and went to work with a local hardware store. In 2000, he, and Rita started spending their winters in Mesa, AZ and then permanently in 2016.
Wayne enjoyed spending his time doing handyman work, woodworking, playing guitar, playing cards and gardening; he was also an avid golfer and bowler. He belonged to various groups and organizations such as, the Spring City Squares, Vet Art and Vet Bowling. His family was the most important part of his life; his quiet, kind, nature and sense of humor were appreciated by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita Scriba of Mesa, AZ; brother Ralph Scriba of Palos Verdes, Ca; sister Ruth Hallett of Memphis, TN and daughters Lucy Scriba Dawson and husband Martin Dawson of Abilene, TX and Elizabeth Scriba of Mesa, AZ. He is also survived by grandchildren Timothy, Philip, and Miriam Dawson. A Visitation will be held Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6 - 8pm and Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10 - 11am. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00am at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Rd, Mesa AZ 85206. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa, 161 N Mesa Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201 or the various Veteran's groups. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens (480) 830-4422