Hyde Walter


Commander Walter John Hyde, USN (Retired)

went home to be with the Lord on March 14, 2013. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1930, he was the son of Walter Wood Hyde and Catherine E. Hendrican. Walt attended high school in Braintree and Newton, and followed in his father's footstep by joining the Navy after graduation. He married Anna Marie Zahn in 1950, and was a great father to his three children. He began his Naval career in the Submarine Service, and later specialized in Weapons and Ordnance before retiring after 32 years. He most notably served on the USS Nautilus during her first historic polar voyage in 1957. He loved every minute of his career in the Navy. Upon retirement in 1978, he and Anna moved to Woodstock, CT, where they enjoyed life on a New England lake. In Woodstock he served as the Post Commander for American Legion Post 111, and was named Connecticut's Post Commander of the Year in 1985. He and his wife then enjoyed 28 more years of retirement together in Tucson, AZ. He was dedicated to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church where he ushered for many years. Out and about the town, he loved regaling people with his Navy stories and sage advice. He is survived by Anna, his loving wife of 62 years; his children, Kathleen Harting, Patricia Kobyluck and Walter John, Jr.; sisters, Nancy Glynn and Ruth Chandler; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be buried with Full Military Funeral Honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA (where he was preceded by his father and mother). Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation in his memory may donate to Nautilus Education Assistance Fund, Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Road, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.