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Lawrence Sidel

June 6, 1923 ~ July 9, 2017 (age 94)

Lawrence (Larry) Sidel passed away July 9, 2017, at the age of 94. He spent the last years of his life in Waynesboro, Georgia, under the care of his son, Jeffrey Sidel and daughter-in-law Linda Sidel. Larry had previously been a long-time resident of Fort Walton Beach. Born in New York City of immigrant parents, he enlisted in the Navy in December 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He trained as a medical corpsman and served two tours of duty in the South Pacific and, at the end of the war, over a year in North China. He helped build two tent hospitals and assisted in the treatment of the sick and wounded mainly from the Guadalcanal and the Coral Sea battles. On his second tour of duty in the Pacific, he was attached to the 6th Marine Division on the landing on Okinawa and the 82 Day Campaign there. In North China, he participated in the surrender of over a million Japanese forces. After nearly 6 years of active duty, he was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rating of Pharmacist’s Mate 1st Class. While on leave in 1944, he married Millie, the love of his life. He used the GI Bill to attend New York University where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. He first worked for the Veteran’s Administration, then the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). He retired from the USPHS with the rank of Captain. After retirement, he and Millie moved to Fort Walton Beach where volunteering was a big part of his life. For several years he tutored children in the Learning Disability Program at Combs New Heights Elementary School. He also served as a lay leader for the Jewish congregation at Eglin Air Force Base. His real passion was working with veterans. He served for over 30 years as a Service Officer with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Fort Walton Beach, then Niceville when the chapter moved to that location. He used his medical knowledge to assist veterans and their families obtain benefits that they had earned. He was very proud of the work he did with the DAV. Larry is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Millie Sidel, daughter Barbara Semper (Randy) of Fort Myers, FL, son Jeffrey Sidel (Linda) of Waynesboro, GA, grandsons Jason Sidel (Anna) of Atlanta, GA, and Justin Sidel (Amber) of Evans, GA, great grandsons Grayson Sidel and Payton Sidel, nephew Eddie Sidel, nieces Rebecca Young, Marsha Firestone, Judi Stokes, Michelle Tereno and Sara Tereno. A graveside service with Navy Honors will be held at Beal Memorial Cemetery, on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. with Rabbi Joel Fleekop officiating. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

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Beal Memorial Cemetery

Fort Walton Beach, FL

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