William E Fedro
September 16, 1925 – November 24, 2019
William Edward Fedro was born on September 16, 1925, a gift of God to his parents, William and Rose Picray Fedro He was received into the Kingdom of God through Holy Baptism October 11, 1925 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Des Moines on June 10, 1943. He entered the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant on October 8, 1948. He served as a jet pilot in the Korean War. Upon his return from Korea he returned to school, graduating from Iowa State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture. He received a Master of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University in 1963. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and was licensed as an architect in Nebraska and Colorado. He retired from the United States AIr Force as a Lieutenant Colonel on December 1, 1968.
He married Ruby Marie Boe on November 18, 1949 at Selfridge Air Force Base, McComb, Michigan. Their marriage was blessed with four children; Barbara, Robert, Thomas, and Susan. During their time in the Air Force, Bill and Ruby were stationed at Selfridge AFB, Michigan; Tyndall AFB, Florida; Korea (on combat tour); F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; O’Hare AFB, Chicago; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Iowa State University, Ames, IA; Strategic Air Command (S.A.C.) Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE; Zaragoza AFB, Spain; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK; and North American Air Defense Command at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, he and Ruby moved their family to Lakewood, Colorado in 1969 where he embarked on a second fulfilling career teaching Architectural Drafting at Warren Tech and Community College of Denver. He was able to fulfill all four of his childhood dreams, that of being an Air Force pilot, an architect, a teacher, and owning his own airplane. He was a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force (C.A.F.) and spent many wonderful hours flying the “old planes” and his own “Little Bird”, frequently performing at air shows. He was proud to have been one of the pilots invited to land at Denver International Airport as part of a Fly-in sponsored by the City of Denver in September 1994.
The Lord gave Bill the gift of being an excellent musician, and the Fedro home was always filled with music. He always served in the choirs, and as a soloist in the many churches to which he belonged. It was a Christmas Eve tradition at each church he served for him to sing “O Holy Night”, accompanied by Ruby at the organ. He also served in many other church offices throughout the years including church elder, congregational president, and Sunday school superintendent. He served as a teacher of Bible History for 6th grade confirmation students for many years. He was a gifted artist and his paintings and drawings grace the walls of many family and friends. Bill was a 50+ year member of the Gideons International and spent many hours at recruiting centers giving Gideon Bibles and encouragement to those newly enlisted in the military.
Bill spent the last 14 years enjoying his life at the Brookdale Meridian where he spent many hours entertaining friends and neighbors with “organ concerts” on a regular basis. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Ruby.
Those who remain to grieve his loss and rejoice in his life are: children and spouses; Barb and Rev. Tim Gierke of Fremont, Nebraska; Bob and Maggie Fedro of Midland, Texas; Tom and Kerry Fedro of Irvine, California; Lt Col Sue Fedro, USAF, NC (Ret) of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Kristin (Gierke) Knott and husband, Joel Knott and Jeremy and wife, Mindy Gierke of Omaha, NE; Jacob and wife, Simone Fedro of Phoenix, AZ; Matt Fedro of Denver, Colorado; Mark and Jack Fedro of Irvine, California; and Barbara Fedro of Houston, TX; Great Grandchildren Harper, Ian, and Logan Knott; Davina Whitaker, Miah and Cadence Gierke. He will be missed by special friend, Dolores Hughes and her daughter, Patty Foote.
He was called out of this life into eternal life as a gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, on Christ the King Sunday, November 24, 2019, at the age of 94 years, 2 months and 8 days, and he has received the consummation of his Baptism, the crown of eternal life. His funeral will be held on January 3, 2020 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Colorado. His body will be lovingly laid to rest in God's earth at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, to await in peace the day of the Resurrection. This is the earthly record of William Fedro. The heavenly record reads, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labors." "The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin."
Concordia Lutheran Church
133371 West Alameda Parkway
Ft. Logan National Cemetery
Staging Area "A"
4400 W. Kenyon Ave.
- Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019