Stanley Fred Wied

Stanley Fred Wied, 81, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, following a brief illness.

Heaven will never be able to get a word in edgewise from that day on. He never met a stranger and he will know your story and you his from the first time you met him. He will be sorely missed by so many people. Talkative (often with very colorful language), stubborn, stern, playful with a boyish charm and always an honest, fair and devoted man.

Born Nov. 24,1937, in Cameron, to Fritz and Johanna Wied. He was born into a hard working German family; “Pop” Wied instilled a strong work ethic at their family cotton gin and “Grankie” his mother showered her baby boy with love. He was their last child; following Ernest, Leona, Grace and Alene.

He left Burlington, Texas, in 1956 for Texas A&M College. After being appointed Commander of Squadron 16 and also a Ross Volunteer, he graduated with a B.S. degree in Physical Education and even earned his Texas teaching certificate. He was commissioned into the Air Force as a second Lieutenant and sent to Bainbridge AFB in Georgia. It was there he met his true love and the mother of his children Mary Ann Mason. They were married Dec. 21,1960, and his career in the Air Force took them around the U.S., Hawaii and Japan. Upon their return to the states, he traded in his C-130 for commercial wings and signed on with Braniff Airlines. He did, however, continue a weekend a month with Air National Guard in OKC and eventually retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was a Captain with Braniff until their demise and then went with Piedmont and ultimately retired as a captain with US Air.

An avid golfer, he built his dream home in Pecan Plantation on the golf course. There he served on the golf board and also joined MOAA- Military Officers Association. Active in raising funds for local ROTC programs through golf tournaments, he was passionate about young people interested in the military. He was also active in over 75 Habitat for Humanity builds in Hood County; wept at every dedication for these families. His hobbies were woodcrafting, golf, attending his Aggie, Air Force flight school and Braniff reunions. Also his time spent with family and friends.

He leaves behind for now, his daughter, Debbie Lippincott and son-in-law Doug; daughter, Julie Hale and son-in-law Todd; daughter, Betsy Santos and son-in-law Henry; also his seven grandchildren of whom he was so proud, Grant and Emma Lippincott; Garrett and Austin Hale; Shelby, Hank and Jack Santos; and many nieces and nephews who looked up to Uncle Stan over the years.

Memorial Service will be held on at the DFW National Cemetery with dinner and drinks afterwards. Donations in his honor can be made to the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M or Habitat for Humanity. Celebration thoughts of his life can be posted on

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