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Daniel Wedgwood

 


Daniel “Danny” Fredie Dewey Wedgwood of Goldendale died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at the age of 85.

Danny was born Feb. 10, 1931 in Goldendale to Mrs. Ida (Parker) Wedgwood and Grover C. Wedgwood. He was the youngest of six children and a Goldendale High School graduate. In 1962, he married Leona Richart, with whom he had three children: Ron, Crystal and Randy. In 1965, they had a fourth, Daniel (Pork Chop).

Danny worked as a dry-ice wrapper at Gas Ice, located in Klickitat, before joining the Navy as a Seabee in 1951. The majority of his service was in Naples, Italy. One highlight of his service was driving a five-star general who later became our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. During his service he was awarded the Good Conduct Service Medal and National Defense Medal. After an honorable discharge in 1955, he went on to multiple professions, including heating-oil delivery driver, soda (Pepsi) driver, Chevron Gas driver, and logger. He was most known for working at Goldendale OK Tire Store and then purchasing it in 1970, at which time it was renamed The Goldendale Tire Center. He owned the store until November of 1981.

In 1977, Danny left to work on an overseas job in Libya for a year. One of his favorite jobs was working for Thiele Ranches for over 33 years, cutting hay and shaving calves for branding.

Danny dedicated himself to friends, family and community. He loved playing golf at every opportunity and served as a member of the Goldendale Country Club, Lions Club, Jaycees and The American Legion. In 1965 he joined a pool league, the Town Tavern team, with his longtime friend Dale Thiele. In 1970, he was awarded the Goldendale Jaycees’s “Boss of the Year,” and in 2005 awarded The American Legion’s “Certificate of Continuous Membership” of more than 50 years.

A unique soul, Danny was very funny and enjoyed giving nicknames to everyone. He will be greatly missed.

Danny is survived by Leona, his wife of 54 years; his children Ron and Jody of Vancouver, Crystal Green of Goldendale, Randy and Katharine of Carson, and Dan and Kathleen of Goldendale; as well as seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial was held at his home following his passing. In late spring, he will be interned at IOOF Mountain View Cemetery for friends and family to pay their respects.

 

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