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Frederick Edgar Wyant, 86, of La Plata, Maryland passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was born on March 11, 1936 and was the son of the late Samuel T. Wyant and Mildred H. Pence.
Fred is survived by his four children, Michael (Debbie), Patti (Paul), Kirk (Chelly), Lisa (Kevin), sixteen grandchildren, Mandy (Brad), Candy (Ryan), Britany (J.R.), Lindsey, Andrew, Ryan (Caitlin), Stephanie, Jessica (Blair), Ami, Darby (Cody), Brett (Madison), J.T., Kyle, Kayla, Tanner, Bethany, and twelve great grandchildren, Ryan, Chloe, Brianna, Jaylynn, Austin, Brandon, Peyton, Camden, Braden, Kara, Colton, and Case. Fred is survived by his extended family nephew Brian Wyant and his family, brother-in-law Calvin (Mary Pat), and sisters-in-law Helen and Muriel. Fred was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Patricia Bowling Wyant, son, Steven B. Wyant, brother Daniel E. Wyant, sisters-in-law Carol, Jean Barbour (Pete), and brothers-in-law Benjamin L. Bowling, and Edwin Bowling.
Fred was born at Columbia Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was a devoted son to both his mother and father. In his early years his family continued their strongly rooted Shenandoah Valley farming traditions. Settling in the Camp Springs, Maryland area, attending school, working, and growing tobacco. During his school years Fred quickly demonstrated a prominent level of academic skills. In high school Fred was recognized for his strong character and academic performance and was encouraged to consider a career in the United Sates Navy. He made the most of his time at Oxon Hill High School. After graduation, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Maryland graduating with highest honors in 1958, attending officer candidate school, and receiving his commission as a naval officer.
While living in Camp Springs, Fred and his family would often visit the southern Maryland area to visit relatives and it was there that he met the love of his life on a porch swing on a tobacco farm in Charles County. Patsy or “Butterfly” quickly stole his heart and she and Freddie married at Trinity Church in Charlotte Hall, MD.
Fred and Patsy were together for the next six decades. Together, they shared all of life’s trials and tribulations. With Patsy always by his side, they raised five children at their family home in La Plata. Fred retired with many accolades and accomplishments enjoying successful careers in the United States Navy, and the Federal Civil Service working for both the Department of the Navy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Most importantly, Fred and Pat committed their lives to building a large loving family. Fred, Freddie, Pop-Pop, or Pop, in true military fashion, used his leadership skills to raise and guide his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He and Pat devoted their golden years to their grandchildren and great grandchildren watching each of them grow and supporting them in all of their endeavors. Fred never hesitated to share his passion for antique cars and blue grass music. He and Pat were both devoted members of the Christ Episcopal Church Chaptico community where they developed and enjoyed many friendships.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, King and Queen Parish, P.O. Box 8, Chaptico, MD 20621, attention Herb Redmond.