FIEDLER WILLIAM GRANT

WO1 William Grant Fiedler was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/14/2010 at the age of 68.2
Oakland, ME
Flight Classes 66-17 and 66-15
Date of Birth 11/07/1941
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 118 AVN
This information was provided by SSN search Sep 2010

More detail on this person: William G. Fielder OAKLAND -- William G. Fiedler, 68, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Togus.He was born in Kittery on Nov. 7, 1941, to Roland and Myrtle (Fisher) Fiedler. Educated in Kittery schools, Bill graduated from Traip Academy in 1959. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine in 1965.In the fall of 1965, Bill joined the Army, where he was trained as a helicopter pilot and was assigned to the 1st Air Calvary in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. There he flew UH-1 helicopters, amassing 1,100 hours of flight time "in country" in 1966. Upon returning to the United States, he spent two years as a flight instructor at Fort Wolters, Texas.Projects were always Bill's most consuming life focus, and he found many to pursue as a professional engineer at Scott Paper Co. in Winslow. He worked on the Yankee Dryer Project, the No. 4 Paper Machine rebuild, the Recycled Fiber Facility, and rebuild of the Kennebec River Hydroelectric Facility. In 1989, Bill became the facilities manager for the HydroKennebec Dam, a position he held until his retirement in 2004.Personal projects included rebuilding several float planes, building his snowmobiling and hunting camp in The Forks, and finally his favorite -- building his beloved 36-foot power boat Mary Allison.With his wife Gini, he spent many weeks each year navigating the waters of New England and eastern Canada. They traveled as far south as Long Island and north to Newfoundland, spending all summer exploring that rugged island in 2007.Bill and Gini were married in 1991 and enjoyed a full life and many adventures together, from snowmobiling in Maine and Canada, to camping their way across the country. They found new experiences to share constantly with friends. They chartered sailboats in the Caribbean and Greece, and a trip to Alaska was a special time as well.Bill was the safety officer for Kennebec River Power Squadron, a boating safety education organization. He taught engine maintenance and marine electronics to other members for several years.In addition to Gini, he is survived by daughters Katharine Coffin and her husband, Daniel, of Sudbury, Mass., Allison Richards and her husband, James, of Aurora, Colo., and Mary Adams and husband Stacy of Limerick; a son, Thomas Boatman and his wife, Elisha, of Windham; and his dog, Denny. His beloved grandchildren are Caleb and Jonah Coffin, Ethan, Vaughn, and Faith Richards, Najala and Violet Boatman and Jacob Adams.A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will occur at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland. Burial will occur at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. -

Burial information: Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, ME

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