GEORGE EDWARD FIEDLER George Edward Fiedler age 89, passed away on December 30, 2013. He was born on July 4, 1924 in San Leandro, CA. He moved to Susanville, CA soon after and attended elementary and high school. George graduated from Lassen Community College and excelled in his music courses. World War II interrupted his education and he was drafted into the United States Army. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and made the famous march with General Patton in the relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Shortly after that engagement, he earned the Silver Star. George entertained the troops by playing piano. George left the Army and attended a watch repair school in Pittsburgh, PA, where he met Mary Wilson. They were married and settled in Susanville, CA, where George worked in a lumber mill. He was determined to better himself and took an exam to join the Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver's license examiner. George passed the exam and got the job. He enjoyed that job and was transferred to Madera, Quincy, and finally Red Bluff. It was in Red Bluff that his talent on the piano was recognized. He was a member of the Frantic Five Dixieland group that performed for numerous dances, the Kelly-Griggs benefits, Sacred Heart Church benefits, and the Red Bluff Roundup Parade. George was also a member of the Tehama County Band and performed with them as an accomplished drummer. Most recently he was a member of the King Cotton Jazz Band. George, (K6RW) was an avid ham radio operator. He talked with people all over the world on both voice and with Morse code. George coordinated communication for people who had relatives in areas devastated by earthquakes in Central America. He also won numerous awards for ham radio. George's wife Mary passed away on August 12, 2001. He is survived by his son Jim and his wife Ingrid who live in San Diego; daughter Barbara (Albers) and husband Gary who reside in Chico, and daughter Kathy (Tiss) and husband Mancill who live in Red Bluff. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 4 -great- grandchildren. There will be a viewing at Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers, on Friday, January 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Graveside services will be held at St. Mary's cemetery on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00 am, followed by a memorial service at the First Church of God, located at South Jackson and Luther Road, at 11:00 am. Light refreshments will be served following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, George's family suggests contributions can be made to Sacred Heart School, 2255 Monroe St, Red Bluff, CA, 96080.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 9, 2014