Frederic Albert Madenwald, III
1951 - 2012
Frederic Albert Madenwald, III passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on the morning of Aug. 5, with his wife and youngest son by his side. He was laid to rest at Bakersfield National Cemetery on the afternoon of Aug. 10 with full military honors.
Fred completed a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, followed by more than 20 years of Marine Corps service as a fighter pilot and a test pilot.
He served two tours as an instructor pilot at Patuxent River Naval Air Station Test Pilot School.
After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Fred worked another 20 years as an experimental test pilot and flight test director, distinguishing his career with the first flight of the F-18 Super Hornet E/F.
He was honored by being elected as Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In the full span of his career, he logged over 4,000 hours in more than 11 different tactical aircraft.
Fred enriched, influenced and impacted the lives of everyone who knew him. He was one of the last true heroes, gentlemen, and scholars. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Fred was born in Beaumont, Texas, on April 13, 1951, to Hazeldine and Frederic Albert Madenwald, Jr. He and his wife, LaMinda, are the proud parents of three successful sons. Fred was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; wife; three sons, Eric Chad and Racheal of Fort Collins, Colo., Austin Brayt and Margaux of Kansas City, Mo., and Thomas Luke of Tehachapi; sister, Marceldine of Beaumont, Tex.; brother, Mark and Almeda of Flower Mound, Tex.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and family friends.
Wood Family Funeral Service handled the arrangements. Pallbearers included Eric Chad, Austin Brayt, Thomas Luke, Mark Lane, Dave Desmond, Tom White, Ricardo Traven, and Jim Sandberg. The family would like to offer a special thank you to John and Caron Castner, as well as appreciation to all others who have shown their support and love.
Donations may be made in remembrance of Fred “Mad” Madenwald to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Scholarship Foundation (http://www.setp.org).
A copy of this obituary may be obtained from Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. at www.woodmortuary.net.