Fred William Wigginton, 96, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at Allen Medical Center, Oberlin, after a short illness.
Born in Nottingham, England, on April 17, 1911, Mr. Wigginton arrived in the United States at Philadelphia on May 1, 1912, on the ship, the Haverford.
He comes from a family of lace makers. Mr. Wigginton lived several places in the New England area before settling in Elyria in the late 1930s and finally Oberlin in 1946.
Mr. Wigginton was a fabrication engineer with NACA's Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory from 1941 until he retired from NASA in 1972, when he taught for a brief time at Lorain County Joint Vocational School.
He was a member of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Ohio.
Fred really enjoyed life, particularly his many friends, square dancing, traveling, reading and his family.
Survivors include sons, Fred Davis Wigginton and wife Shirley of Sheffield Lake, David William Wigginton and wife Jeanne of Caye, SC; a daughter, Pamela Anne Wigginton-Fee and husband, Warren of Green Valley, Ariz.; stepson, Charles James Bush and wife Pam of Nathrop, Colo., and their children; two grandchildren, Lisa Wigginton Saternos and Fred Arthur Wigginton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice Smedley and Fred Wigginton; and his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Betty Berberich Wigginton.
There will be a memorial service at Cowling Funeral Home, 1 p.m. Sunday at with private burial to follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Mr. Wigginton's name to the Oberlin Seniors of NHA, 90 E.College St., Oberlin, OH 44074.