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Dr. W. Wayne Reichelderfer, one of city's first optometrists

Dr. W. Wayne Reichelderfer, one of the city's first optometrists, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 1990) at Shore Acres Nursing Home. He was 78. He died of complications of Alzheimer's disease, his daughter, Terry L. Stinson of Safety Harbor, said Monday.

Dr. Reichelderfer practiced here for 47 years, beginning in 1935 at the Florida Arcade between Fourth and Fifth streets N.

He later moved to the seven-story Hall Building on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Fourth Street. The landmark Hall Building was demolished in 1978. For the final decade or so of his career, he practiced at 2145 First Ave. N. He retired in 1982.

William Wayne Reichelderfer was born in Peoria, Ill., the last of the five children of Lydia and William Reichelderfer. When he was 3 years old, the family moved to St. Petersburg. His father operated a service station near where Adcock Buick now is located on M.L. King (Ninth) St. N.

After Dr. Reichelderfer graduated from St. Petersburg High School, he returned to Peoria to study at Northern Illinois College of Optometry.

Athletics played a major role in his life. In high school, he played football. Later in his life, he was an avid golfer, often teeing off at Lakewood Country Club in tournaments for left-handed golfers. He liked to bowl, hunt and fish, but he loved to play golf, his daughter said.

Dr. Reichelderfer, who lived at 763 23rd Ave. N, was a 53-year member of St. Petersburg Masonic Lodge 139 F&AM and St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral. For many years, he belonged to the St. Petersburg Exchange Club.

Survivors in addition to his daughter include his wife of 56 years, Virginia T.; a son, Ronald W., Pinellas Park; a brother, Ward, Hernando; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 M.L. King (Ninth) St. N. A Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. A service will be at the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Thursday with burial at Woodlawn Memory Gardens.

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