Frederick C. Warther with homes in St. Marys and Swanton, Maryland, died peacefully at his home in St. Marys on Dec. 31, 2019. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday.
Fred was born Dec. 19, 1929, in Washington, D.C., to Frederick J. and Alice C. Warther. He attended American University, played on the basketball team and graduated with a degree in accounting. He met his future wife, Mary Campbell Williams, at American University. They were married on Dec. 27, 1952.
Upon graduation, Fred joined the Air Force during the Korean conflict. When the conflict ended in 1953, he resigned his commission and entered into the new and promising field of computers. He rose to become a marketing executive who was highly sought by companies to market their expanding technologies. He discovered Deep Creek Lake in 1962, and purchased and restored the old stone house at 370 Rock Lodge Road. He and his lifelong friend George Scheffel started Allegheny Welding and Machine in 1971.
He purchased 40 acres of Deep Creek Lake waterfront property from the Fitzwater farm at Turkey Neck in 1973, built a vacation home there and operated Byewater Antiques from that location. Fred retired in 1992, continued in the antique business and went on to develop the Hickory Ridge community as his retirement passion.
Fred is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Campbell Warther of St. Marys, and his sons, Robert, Richard and John and their families.
His only brother, Melvin J. Warther, passed away in 2009.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Christ Episcopal Church in St. Marys. An additional service will be held at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Deer Park, Maryland, for the internment of ashes. Memorial services in Maryland will be announced at a later date.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7).
Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.