Garth H. Wieder

10/15/2013 11:39 AM |

Garth H. Wieder of Setauket died Oct. 4, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. He was 91 years old.

He was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Attica, Ohio, to Glide and Alice (Hedden) Wieder and graduated from high school in 1940. He joined the United States Navy and was serving on the USS Buck when the ship was torpedoed on Oct. 9, 1943. The ship sank off the Isle of Capri, and of 275 crew members, just 87 survived the disaster. For 22 hours, he and four other men held on to a 4×4 piece of wood until they were picked up by another ship. He retired from the Navy in 1946.

He then enjoyed a long career as district manager of public relations with the New York Telephone Company. He retired in 1982 and during retirement enjoyed antiquing.

Predeceased by his wife, Loretta, and granddaughter Ashley Tripptree, Mr. Wieder is survived by two daughters, Charity (Ken) and Faith (Richie); five grandchildren, Gregory, Jennifer, Colleen, Ryan and Patrick; and one great-grandson, Christopher.

Graveside services were held Oct. 9 (the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Buck) at Calverton National Cemetery. U.S. Naval honors were rendered and prayer services were conducted by Father Bruce Power.

Arrangements were entrusted to DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.

This is a paid notice.

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