Fred Worrell Terrell, Jr., a resident of Coupeville, WA, passed away on April 9, 2013 in Oak Harbor at the age of 86. He was born in Miami, FL to Mary Keen and Fred W. Terrell, Sr. and was raised in Dover, DE.
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Following high school graduation, Fred entered the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in Germany at the conclusion of the war. During his stay in Germany, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945 and graduated in June of 1950.
During the Korean War, Fred served on a battleship and a landing ship in the Korean theater of operations. He then attended Submarine School and later served aboard the diesel submarines BESUGO, DIADON and BONEFISH. He subsequently commanded the diesel submarine ROCK as well as a diesel submarine division.
Ashore, Fred taught at the Naval War College in Newport, RI; served as a military staff advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff; worked with the CIA to raise a sunken Russian submarine. Captain Fred Terrell retired in 1976 after 31 years of dedicated military service to his country.
Following his Navy retirement, Fred worked for General Electric as the manager of their marine operations at the Allied Undersea Testing and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island in the Bahamas, where he made many long-lasting friends.
Retiring again, this time from GE, Fred moved to Whidbey Island where he was a docent at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse on Puget Sound and conducted tours on the 122 year old U.S. Army Fort Casey, now a Washington State Park, south of Coupeville, WA. on Puget Sound.
Fred was a dedicated outdoorsman, who enjoyed hiking and sailing, as well as telling sea stories and keeping abreast on world affairs. In addition to his BA from the Naval Academy, Fred earned a Master's Degree in International Relations from George Washington University.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Joyce Merrick Terrell of Coupeville, WA; his children Eve Bruce (David) of Longmont, CO, Lynn Schollins (Bill) of Bluffton, SC and Bryan Terrell of Atlanda, GA; sister Nancy Terrell Wrede of Dover, DE and two grandsons.
Graveside committal services for Fred Terrell will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville, WA on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:00am with Jonathan Rozema, CHC, USN officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to: WSU Beach Watchers, Island Co. Extension, PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239 or the American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.
Friends and family are encouraged to offer condolences and share memories utilizing the Memory Book hosted by Wallin Funeral Home at www.wallinfuneralhome.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 25, 2013