Walter L. Mess was born in Washington, DC on December 20, 1914 to Dr. Carl J. Mess and Anna A. Lansdale. He married Jean Ogle (deceased) in 1940. He passed away on May 26, 2013. He is survived by Jean Lewis (Gary), Patricia Urick (Charles), Walter Mess, Jr. (Deborah) and Margaret Vidumsky (John). Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Please come and join the Friends of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail picnic on Saturday, June 8th from 12 noon until 4 p.m. The location of the picnic will be at the American Legion Post 130 building at 400 N. Oak Street in Falls Church, VA 22046. The American Legion building is located adjacent to mile marker 6 1/2 on the W&OD Trail.
Items on the menu will include hot dogs, crab legs, coconut shrimp/shrimp cocktail, pulled pork BBQ, BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, cookies, and assorted drinks including sodas, iced tea, lemonade, and bottled water. The picnic is also part of the Friends of the W&OD Trail’s annual meeting about the state of the W&OD Trail. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the trail and our Friends of the W&OD Trail volunteer group.
The picnic will also serve as a celebration of the life of Walter L. Mess who passed away on Sunday, May 26th, 2013. Walter established the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and was a member of its Board for more than 45 years. During his time on the Board the agency preserved over 10,000 acres of land. While Walter loved the many waterparks, golf courses, historic sites, campgrounds, marinas, and other facilities of NVRPA, he was most proud of the W&OD Trail. Through his efforts he helped to create the trail and is known as the “Father of the W&OD.” The first section of the trail was established in 1974 in his home town of Falls Church. Over the next 10 years the trail expanded to its current 45-mile length.
Please RSVP for the picnic by e-mailing the Friends of W&OD Trail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting us by phone at (703) 729-0596. You may also contact them for more information or for directions to the picnic. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!