WASHINGTON - Roscoe Lowell "Fid" Fiedler, 86, of Washington, Ill., passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at home peacefully with his loving wife Marjorie at his side.
Roscoe was born on Feb. 21, 1928, in Springfield, Ill., to Roscoe and Emma (Monts) Fiedler. He married Virginia Moschel in 1959. She is deceased. Virginia had three daughters prior to her marriage to Lowell. Together they had two sons. He married Marjorie Maggard-Weller on Dec. 1, 1984. She survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, DeWilton and Vernon; one sister, Leona; and one grandson, Adam.
Surviving are one brother, Edward P. (Gerrie) Fiedler of Mount Pleasant; one sister, Juanita (Jerry) Carl of southern Illinois; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Fiedler of Winter Park, Fla., and Ellen Baily of southern Illinois. Also surviving are three daughters whom he raised as his own, Kathy (Mark) Broyles of Streator, Ill., Janet (Randy) Tullar of Washington, Ill., and Julie (Joseph) Frakes of Creve Coeur, Ill. His two sons are Willard "Will" (Kristy) Fiedler of Washington, Ill., and Paul (Barbara) Fiedler of Rochester, Ill. He had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A very dear friend, John Schulzski of East Peoria, Ill., was like a brother for more than 50 years. He survives. They traded stories every night at 7 p.m. on the phone.
Lowell served in the Army in the Korean War as a company clerk. He was decorated for his services.
When he returned home, he became a legendary carpenter. "Fid" was known for his signature stairways that were built in many fine homes in the Peoria area, including his own.
He also was a master gardener and took great pride in planting several hundred tomatoes each year along with many other vegetables. People would drive from afar just to have a "Fid" tomato.
One of his other passions was purple martins, a migratory bird from South America.
He was a member of the Purple Martin Nature Society and had one of the largest private martin colonies in the United States!
He was featured in the Journal Star for his purple martin colony and his stairways.
As an expert woodsman, his interests included hunting, trapping, fishing, ginseng hunting and watching wildlife in general.
He was a very witty, genuine, caring and Godly man. He will be missed by family and friends alike.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, Ill., and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at Highview Christian Church in Washington, Ill. Burial will be at Hirstein Cemetery in Morton, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to T.A.P.S.
Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.RemmertFuneralHome.com.