Wayne Henry Frederick
Wayne Henry Frederick passed away at Memorial Hermann Cypress on December 31, 2020 after a long, full life. He was 88 years old and went home to be with God and his late wife, Donna.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1932, he was the second child of Henry and Marcella (Hintzman) Frederick. Wayne's early childhood was quite difficult during the Great Depression and followed by World War II. He grew up with his three siblings, Joan, Kay, and John, and attended parochial schools. During high school, he excelled in boxing and baseball.
After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War attached to the U.S. Mine Force Fleet in Charleston, South Carolina. While he was stationed there, in 1952 one of the worst naval accidents in history happened when the USS Hobson sank and 176 men perished. He wanted their legacy to always be remembered.
In Charleston, Wayne met his first wife in 1954, and they were blessed with a daughter Jenny. After his Navy service, Wayne returned to Wisconsin to earn his BBA from the University of Wisconsin. After college, he began working in the financial services industry and had two sons, David and Kenneth. A career-related opportunity with Lawrence Systems brought his family to Houston, Texas, and he was proud to be promoted to a regional vice president for the Southeast Caribbean in Coral Gables, Florida in 1973. In the 1970s, Wayne was involved with Toastmasters International as a Governor and received awards for his public speaking prowess.
In Coral Gables, Wayne met Donna Hostetter, and they were married in 1977 in Houston after Wayne returned to lead the Texas region. In 1979, they had a son, Jason, and ultimately settled in the Cypress area. Wayne staunchly admired Houston and Texas and was always excited to tell people that although he wasn't born in Texas, he got there as fast as he could. Wayne started The WFA Group, a financial services company, in 1984 after helping Donna start Building Rainbows Day School in 1982. He was immensely proud of his company and his family's accomplishments. After 32 years of marriage, Wayne was heartbroken to lose Donna to cancer in 2009. Nevertheless, he rose to the challenge of helping to care for her mother, Maxine, for several years. He loved his dog, Reilly, who remained a faithful companion after Donna passed away.
Wayne was never a man who sat idle. He quickly discovered a passion for travel with his first river cruise through Germany in 2010. Despite selling The WFA Group in 2014, it was difficult to convince him to officially retire. In 2015, Wayne married his new love, Susan Hall and was delighted to wake up next to her every day. Together, they traveled the world, and he embraced the excitement of Alabama football as his life merged with hers. Roll Tide! They cherished each other and brought happiness to everyone around them. Wayne was ecstatic to share his final days with his family and his new grandson, Grayson, who brought a renewed sparkle to his eye.
Wayne Frederick is survived by his wife, Susan Hall Frederick; his sister, Joan Frederick; his only daughter, Jenny Davis, and her husband, Ed; his three sons, David Frederick, Kenneth Frederick, Jason Frederick, and his wife Magan; and his only grandson, Grayson.
His family is grateful for the exceptional care he received in recent years from the doctors, nurses and staff at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Memorial City and Cypress hospitals.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5:00-8:00 pm Thursday, January 7, 2021. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm. The visitation, service and subsequent entombment will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home at 13001 Katy Freeway.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 6, 2021.