Frank "Will" W. Wearden Jr.

December 24, 1978May 14, 2012

Aggie Catholic, Frank William “Will” Wearden Jr., joined the Communion of Saints on Monday, May 14, 2012. Will was born on December 24, 1978, in Victoria to Frank W. and Gloria Rosse Wearden.

Will graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1997, where he was a three year football letterman at center, a team captain, and earned All-District honors.

Will was currently a student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he was studying Soil Science. Will attended Texas A&M University in College Station for four years and was a proud member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, Company L-1 and Parsons Mounted Cavalry. He was proud to contribute to Fightin’ Texas Aggie Bonfire. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Army Commendation Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation for his service with the 1-6 Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, out of Baumholder, Germany. Upon his return, he was able to participate as a veteran in the Wounded Warrior Weekend project.

Will’s love for people led him to volunteer at the Riding Therapy Center in Victoria. He loved the outdoors and was a tree climber, a skydiver, a world traveler, a horseback rider, a campfire builder and a story teller. He loved philosophy, family and Texas music and was a great dancer. With his passing, the choir of angels gained an incredible tenor; his family and friends look forward to hearing him sing in heaven.

Will is survived by his maternal grandmother, Gloria Anne Rosse, his parents, siblings Annie (David) Coffey, Winchester (Monica) Wearden, Betsy (Jared) Black, as well as his nieces and nephews, whom he adored: Mariah Elizabeth Coffey, Cecilia Ruth Coffey, James Finn Coffey, William Taylor Black, Joseph Stephen Coffey and Henry Thomas Black.

Will is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert John and Elva Jean Wearden, and his maternal grandfather, Oscar David Rosse.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 6.00 to 7.00 p.m. at Our Lady Of Victory Cathedral with a Rosary to begin at 7 pm. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. He will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers are Winchester Wearden, David Coffey, Jared Black, Buck McDowell, Matt Henderson, Jacob Respondek, Charles Rosse, Thomas O’Connor, Becca Davis Harkleroad, Sam Bek, Clint Mabry and Michael Magallan. Honorary Pallbearers are Will’s nieces and nephews.

Donations to the Will Wearden Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo will be disbursed to the Will Wearden Endowed Scholarship Fund at St. Joseph High School, the Victoria Riding Therapy Center, and a Diocese of Victoria Seminary Burse.

Words of Comfort may be left to the family at


  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2012
  • Rosary Friday, May 18, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, May 19, 2012

Frank "Will" W. Wearden Jr.

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May 15, 2013

In memory & honor of Frank Wearden on the anniversary of his passing (May 14th). We will be grateful for his service to this country always.

May 7, 2013

I miss you brother... Robert Cantu

Robert Burge

June 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wearden Family. Frank will be missed by all he touched.

Aaron Green

June 19, 2012

I send my condolences and prayers to the Wearden family. Wearden was my soldier in Baumholder Germany and a great one at that. We talked about the military and private life on many occasions. I always asked Wearden to sing the copenhagen song. He sang it well and it eased our soul. May God comfort the Wearden family, I will miss my brother Wearden.

Christopher Flores

June 19, 2012

Wearden always had an excellent outlook on everything, even throughout the tougher times. I had the pleasure of going to basic training and serving with him in Iraq. My deepest condolences go out to his family, he will be greatly missed. God Bless

Frank Wilkins

June 19, 2012

I served with Frank in Germany (1-6 Inf). He was a great friend, and I was proud to call him a brother. He will be missed only physically for he will be in our minds and hearts always.

Brandon Fitzpatrick

June 18, 2012

I to was In 1-6 INF with your son. Some of my fondest memories in service were with your son in Germany. He was a genuinely nice guy. He had a zest for life like no other. The world could use more like him. Rest easy Brother.

Thomas Karbowiak

June 18, 2012

I served with Wearden in 1-6 Inf.-both Germany and Iraq. He was a great man; always ready to help a friend and never against a good time. We've all gone are seperate ways over the past ( almost ) decade, but it was my honor to of known you! Regulars, by god!

June 18, 2012

I served with your son when he was an infantryman in 1-6INF. He was a great soldier and a great person. I am sorry for your loss and I will always remember him.

Daniel Chavez

June 18, 2012

I served with your son when he was an infantryman in 1-6INF. He was a great soldier and a great person. I am sorry for your loss and I will always remember him.