Furthermore, Rybeck became really concerned about the communities where he lived. Within Wheeling, Rybeck started to heavily involve himself in nature and folk-dance programs at Oglebay Park. Within Fairmont, Rybeck assisted in the organising of a symphony, suiting his interests as an accomplished pianist. Likewise, in Dayton, Rybeck helped to arrange a natural history museum as well as serve on the Performing Arts Council at Riderwood Village – a retirement community located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sadly, Walter Walter Rybeck died from pneumonia on the 3rd May 2016 in Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was 96. Nevertheless, Rybeck will be remembered for his advocating of economic justice, most notably concerning affordable housing, creating jobs and infrastructure funding. Thus, in his book Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle, Rybeck not only sheds light on what tools are needed to accomplish these objectives but also his over-arching philosophy on the matter and the other significant aspects of his life leading him up to these conclusions.