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Parris Island Fire Chief Wieder dies at 54

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 From staff reports 

Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Robert K. Wieder died Wednesday, June 9 at Haven Hospice in Jacksonville, Fla., according to an announcement on the fire department’s Facebook page. He was 54. 

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 22 on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, where Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services will conduct a Bell Ceremony. 

Wieder was born June 27, 1966 in Bennington, Vt., to Sheila and Martin Wieder. He was a graduate of Miami Killian High School before joining the Army in 1983. 

He was honorably discharged and began his federal career at Naval Air Station Cecil Field and then the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fire Department as a Firefighter/ Driver-Operator in 1999. In 2004 he took a position with Souda Bay Fire and Emergency Services, where he picked up the rank of Fire Captain. 

In 2009, Wieder made his way to the NSA Naples Fire Rescue Division where he was promoted to Battalion Chief. Finally, in 2015 he was hired at Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services as an Assistant Chief of Operations. He was promoted to Fire Chief in 2018. 

Wieder played soccer at the collegiate level before making it into a semi-pro league. He coached youth soccer and baseball and loved golf, camping, traveling and anything outdoors. 

He is proceeded in death by his father Martin Wieder and stepfather John Stark. He is survived by his wife Lisa; sons Timothy Hughes and Joshua Wieder; daughters Amber Myers, Brittany Myers, Jessica Wieder, and Chelsea Wieder; and 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be shared with Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services at 455 Wake Blvd, Parris Island, S.C. 29905 or to the attention of Andrea Fabian at 843-575-2998.

Those who plan on attending and do not have base access, please notify Fabian by phone or at andrea.fabian@usmc.mil.

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