Fred William Marler

February 9, 2009

By Contributor

Fred Marler

Fred Marler

Fred William Marler died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle. He was 84.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent.

He was born in Simpson, Kan., on Oct. 24, 1924, to Bert and Aletha (Crumrine) Marler.

Fred came to Skagit County as a child to live in LaConner (in the now Gaches Mansion) as his mother ran a boarding house there. He attended school in LaConner and later in Tacoma when the family moved there.

Fred joined the U.S. Navy just before World War II started. He served on the U.S.S. Wadsworth (which has since been decommissioned). He attended the Wadsworth reunions faithfully and kept in touch with his shipmates.

Fred attended college and majored in journalism. Much of his working life was spent at different newspaper offices. In the 1980s, he worked as photographer for The Issaquah Press. Fred met his wife, Wilma Coleman, during this time as she also worked there. He then became the property manager of the apartments where he lived. He did this for years until his passing.

Fred was an avid reader and has written a few pieces and at least two books. He is not published, but enjoyed writing as a hobby. He also kept up on his computer with all his friends and relatives.

Fred attended a Bible college and studied theology. He loved to read and discuss his Bible and had a weekly study at his home with a dear friend. Most everyone in the family has had long discussions with Fred about the Bible. He loved to hear others state their opinions with him.

Fred is survived by his sister-in-law, Hester Marler (Orville), of Mount Vernon, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fred was preceded in death by both parents, his brothers, Orville, of Mount Vernon, and Roy, of Snohomish, and sister Roberta Williams, also of Snohomish.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

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