Fred Wenger Jr., 89

Posted on September 28, 2012

Fred “Freddie” Wenger, Jr. , 89, of Bluffton passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2012, at his Bluffton residence.
Fred was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Adams County, to Frederic and Sarah Edna (Micheal) Wenger.  A lifelong resident of Wells County, he attended Bluffton High School.
In April of 1943 he enlisted with the United States Navy. After the invasion on Normandy he was transferred to the First Marine Division where he served for two years until June, 1946. He was discharged as a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class.
On May 24, 1949, in Vera Cruz, Fred married Edna L. (Walter) Wenger. They shared the last 63 years.
Fred was a hard worker who always had a project going. He enjoyed spending time on his farm, in his garden and walking his beloved dog “Pounder”.  He retired as a carpenter at Cline Lumber Company in 1985 after 35 years. Even after retirement, he enjoyed working in his “shop” designing and constructing furniture for family and friends.  He also attended St. John’s United Church of Christ in Vera Cruz.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, of Bluffton; children, Susan (Dennis Shipley) Wenger of Fort Wayne, Mark (Sheila) Wenger of Bluffton, Elaine (Dale) Wenger-Roesener of Las Vegas, Nev., Ret. Col. Fred (Patricia) Wenger, III, USMC of Annadale, Va., and Judith (Tim) Schaffter of Roanoke; and 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings, Norman Wenger of Decatur, Joan (Gene) Clanin of Bluffton, Don (Ann) Wenger of Fort Wayne and Betty Lou Bercot of Berne.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Mary Shaw, Harry Wenger and Dorothy Bacon.
Friends are invited to visit with the Wenger family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.  Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the funeral home with calling for one hour prior to the service. Dr. Jeane Spoor will officiate. Burial will follow at Six-Mile Cemetery in Bluffton with military honors preformed by the American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton and the United States Navy Honor Guard.  
Memorials may be made in Fred’s memory to Plum Tree United Church of Christ or to Crossroads Children’s Home. 
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