OBITUARY

Wilfred "Willie" Leonard Ableidinger

September 6, 1920April 19, 2010

Wilfred (Willie) Leonard Ableidinger was born to Tena and Ambrose Ableidinger on September 6, 1920 in Kensal, North Dakota. There he was raised on a farm with his siblings Earl, Ole, Gordon, and Nellie.

In 1941 when World War II began, dad felt compelled to serve his country. During this time, our father was a scout in the Army. He was on the frontlines when an enemy pilot flew over and dropped a bomb on an ammunition dump that he was near. It exploded and literally blew everything (clothes and shoes) right off of his body. Even though he was hurt, he attempted to help out his unit, but passed out. Due to the injuries he was sent back to the states for medical care. While in the hospital he met a Women’s Army Corp Nurse that was from Hawaii, her name was Kappy. He said to her “so your from the rock,” appalled by his comment she turned and walked away. Later she came back to check on him and he asked her out to the movies. Then on December 24, 1945 Willie and Kappy exchanged their vows and remained married for 57 years, until mom passed away in 2003. Dad retired from the Bureau of Reclamation in the 1970s and received a Purple Heart in the late 1980’s.

Willie’s hobbies throughout his life included hunting, square dancing, bowling, traveling the U.S., camping, fishing, and going for long walks. He was a member of the VFW Post 379, American Legion and the Eagles.

He is survived by his children Bob (Betty), Dale (Cece), Katie Walker and Lani Fayé (Rob); seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Kappy, daughter, Marlace (Hon Hon) Ream and a son Kenneth (Peewee). We would like to extend a special thanks to Cedar Hills, Paul, Sue, Cece, Roxy, Jennifer and Lower Valley Hospice, Debbie Graves for their remarkable care they gave to dad. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at Keith & Keith 9th Ave Chapel. Celebration of Willie’s wonderful life will be held at Keith & Keith Terrace Heights Chapel on Friday, April 23, 2010, a reception to follow at the VFW Post 379. To share a memory of Willie visit, www.keithandkeith.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Friday, April 23, 2010
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 23, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, April 22, 2010

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Concluding Service
REMEMBERING

Wilfred "Willie" Leonard Ableidinger

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Kari Wunderlich

June 29, 2010

So sorry to hear about Willie. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

I have many good memories of him growing up. I hope he finds Grandma and Grandpa Lowe and gives them a huge hug!
Kari Wunderlich
Daughter of Darleen Lowe Schultz

ricki leth-lenseigne

April 22, 2010

we are so sorry for your loss. we lost our dad in november and they were such good friends. at dads funeral we heard a story that we didnt know about till then as you might not either. one weekend when they were on one of their many camping trips willy got a newe metal detector. my dad would walk behind him and drop change, then willy would find it and be do excited until he finally figured out what my dad was doing, they had many great times together. god bless you all. our prayers are with you.

the family of bill and irene leth

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