Fredrick “Freddie” Harold Wichert, 83, of Winlock Washington passed away on Saturday the 29th at 9:33 am, surrounded by the loving presence of his children.
Freddie was born on February 7th, 1937 at St. Helen’s Hospital in Chehalis, Washington to Fritz and Dorothy Wichert.
He served as a radar man in the U.S. Navy from January 1955 to December 1957 off the coast of Japan and Australia. After leaving the Navy he did logging and carpentry, until he started working for Mobile Modular, where he stayed for several years. He found the job he would retire from, as a surveyor, at Gibbs and Olson Inc. Freddie, who is a lifetime resident of Winlock and his late wife Linda, who he was married to for 38 years, raised his children in their small town surrounded by his strong family history. While living in Winlock he has the privilege of being a volunteer fire fighter for 26 years, from 1970 to 1995.
Fred was a husband, loving father, proud grandpa and great grandpa, brother and uncle. He loved fishing and was an avid hunter, who made annual hunting trip with his good friend Ed and their sons. Before his late wife Linda passed, they made yearly treks to Arizona where they enjoyed the life of a snowbird, relaxing in the sun.
He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, parents Fritz and Dorothy, his brothers Bob and Richard, and his sister Margaret.
Fred is survived by his siblings; Jim Wichert and Anna Roberts, his children; Rick, Judi, Randy, Ronnie, Michelle, Ryan, Melissa, and Patrick, his 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Mission in Toledo on Saturday the 14th, at 12pm by Father Nick Wichert, followed by a graveside service with military honors at the Winlock Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life at the Winlock senior center starting directly after graveside service.
Our family would like to thank Cattermole Funeral Home for their care of Freddie and to all the out-pouring of love and well wishes we’ve received. Thank you!
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes part of us” Helen Keller.
To plant a tree in memory of Fredrick "Freddie" H Wichert, please visit our tribute store.