Fred J. Wiedman Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Soldotna resident Fred J. Wiedman Jr. died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 73.

A potluck will be held Sunday, April 3, at his son's home at 47855 Helgeson Ave., Soldotna. Family and friends will be gathering to share memories.

Mr. Wiedman was born Nov. 18, 1937, in Orville, Calif. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and later graduated from college with a teaching degree. He moved to Alaska in 1970 and lived in Soldotna and later Fairbanks. He left Alaska in 1974 and moved to California, where he was a truck driver.

Mr. Wiedman retired from trucking in 2004 and returned to Alaska in 2007.

He was a member of the Baptist church, where he drove the bus. He enjoyed watching television and fishing.

"He was a generous, religious and funny man. He was also a good teacher and caring." His family said.

Mr. Wiedman is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Fred "Joe" and Zandy Wiedman III, of Soldotna; sister, Shirley Holms, of the Bay area, Calif.; step-daughter, Sandy Lamb, of Salem, Ore.; and granddaughter, Merrilyn Talbot, of Soldotna.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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