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Frederick Madison Weidling was born on July 23, 1934 in Fargo, ND to Carl Fred Weidling and Iva Pearl (Bullis) Weidling. At the tender age of 17
Frederick Madison Weidling
he fell in love with and
married Darlene A. (Mickey) Wigington on December 20, 1951 in Moorhead, MN and had four children by the age of 21. Sadly, cancer took Fred's life on the evening of May 14, 2013 in Everett, WA.
Fred joined the army in 1954; he became a corporal in the medical corps and left the army to attend school on the G.I. Bill in 1959, beginning a long
career as a mechanical
engineer. He retired in 2000 after 22 years as a contractor for Scott Paper Co./Kimberly-Clark; before that he worked at Black Clauson Sumner, Laucks Labs, Battelle NW and the Atomic Energy Commission at Hanford. Fred and Mickey enjoyed many years boating as members of Queen City, Yarrow Bay, and Everett Yacht Clubs. Fred was also a member of Elks Club for most of his life. Tragically, in 1999 Mickey, his beloved wife of 42 years, died unexpectedly, sending the family into a tailspin.
However, luck was upon Fred less than a year later when he became reacquainted with his long-time Scott Paper friend, Gay Streets, falling in love again with a tenderhearted woman with whom he made a good home, traveled in their
beloved motorhome, joked with and teased for hours on end, made and shared countless friends, and completely enjoyed a new life. The Weidling family is now linked for life to Gay's
family, Cindy (Steve) Linari and their sons, Brian, Paul, and John, and Char (Pat) Mulivrana.
Preceding Fred in death were his wife, Mickey; his sisters, Ardelle Goldsborough and Ila Purcell; his brother, Glenn Weidling;
and his stepmother, Ora (Peabody) Weidling.
Fred is survived by his
sisters, Marjorie (Ray) Wells and Irene Schwichtenberg; his companion, Gay Streets; his children, Renee (Bob) Wissbrod, Cathy Kirk, Chris (Bob) Cooper, and Steve (Lisa) Weidling; as well as his grandchildren, Angie (Skyler) Zoppi, Jason Wissbrod, Scott Cooper, Joel Cooper and Alex Weidling; and three great-grandchildren.
All of Fred's children and grandchildren agree that Dad/Grandpa gave us the "fix, fix, fix" gene, our orientation to detail, a love
for boats and engines and technology, and he gifted each of us with our silly, sarcastic sense of humor. He always figured out how things worked on his own, with a little help from Popular Mechanics, and he did it with immense love and pride for his family.
Fred's memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013
at Faith Lutheran Church, 9041 - 166th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052. The family requests that all those planning to attend services be proactive and ask a friend to look after their homes. We also
request that donations be given to
"I need to get one of those smart phones so I have something to do while people talk to me."
Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 19 to May 26, 2013