Walter (Skip) L. Wreden, 76, passed away peacefully in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on July 4, 2021. A fitting day for a Veteran.
He was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on October 12, 1944, the son of Edward J. and Edith VanDorn Wreden. Walter was a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School in Clark, New Jersey, Class of 1962. On December 27, 1977, Walter was united in marriage to Mary Negersmith in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, to whom he was wed for 38 1/2 years before her passing in 2016. Walter proudly served his country and was honorably discharged from the Air Force as an Airman Second Class. During his time in the Air Force, he’d received many commendations for his work. After his discharge, Walter served as an electrician until his retirement from civilian duty on Griffiss Air Force Base in 2007. While working as a civilian, Walter again received numerous commendations for his work.
Walter was an avid outdoorsman, boasting both fishing and hunting as two of his three favorite pastimes. One never knew which was larger, the stories or the ones that were caught or got away. Walter always had a story (or two) for many of the happenings in his lifetime and would regal everyone with his tales. For his outdoor efforts, Walter had countless award letters from the DEC for his record fish. Walter’s third favorite pastime was to watch his grandson Michael “stop those dang pucks” in hockey, and was super proud telling everyone he met that Michael played Junior Hockey in the EHL. He was a member of the NY Mills Sportsman Club.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Casey Eastman; his grandson, Michael Eastman; as well as close friends, David Askew and family of Sauquoit, NY, Robert Polce and family of Rome, NY, and Nick and Diane Gualtieri and family of Rome NY. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Edward and Edith Wreden; his wife, Mary Wreden; his brother, Edward Wreden; and his grandson, Aaron Wreden, his all-time favorite fishing buddy.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Rome, 6247 Lamphear Road, Rome, NY 13440; or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, at www.stjude.org , two of his favorite places to support.
Per Walter’s wishes, there will be no services for attendance, and his final resting place wishes to be carried out by the family in private. There will be a marathon fishing day for close friends and family to be held at a later date. A perfect celebration of Walter’s life, where surely many a tale will be told.