Frederick "Fred" Seibert Kiel, Jr., 78, of Rocky Point passed from his earthly life Thursday, November 15, 2018 at his home.
Frederick Seibert Kiel Jr. was born April 1st, 1940 in Baltimore Maryland to Frederick Seibert Kiel Sr. and Charlotte Kiel. He joined the United States Marine Corps. January 1st, 1959 and worked in the Food Service Division of numerous Mess Halls throughout the Marine Corps. He served as a Drill Instructor at Paris Island, SC mentoring and supervising countless young Marines in their growth through the Marine Corps. He served three tours in Vietnam and was part of the last regiment out of Vietnam. He diligently served the Corp. and his country with fervor and the utmost pride. He is remembered by many and forgotten by none. Gunnery Sargent Kiel retired from the Marine Corp. January 1st, 1979 and returned to his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland and reconnected with his High School Sweetheart Elaine Edwards Kimmel. They married Friday, May 6th,1988 and lived life to its fullest. Their journey had just begun. They became homeowners as a married couple in 1989 and sold their house in 2005. Upon closing on the sale of their house, they decided to travel the country and so the adventure began with them buying a 5th wheel camper and truck and off they went. Meeting many new friends in their journey, Frederick always found a way to make it special for Elaine to see and experience the things that life had to offer. Frederick had two very special step daughters he thought of as his own and tried his hardest to unstill that Gunny mentality into their everyday life. Unbeknownst to him they melted his heart and what the Marine Corp. couldn’t break they surely were able to with no trouble at all. His daughters had three very special grand kids that all called him “Pop Pop Fred”. Pop Pop Fred instilled many of his unique qualities into his grandchildren all the while giving them the moral compass, they would need to survive in this harsh world we live in. He was loved by so many and his sudden departure from this world has those of us that knew him best, all back peddling for a moment, but he would want us to pick up and continue forward in this world. Dad you are loved by so many and you will be dearly missed for all the times we had and the times we were so naïve in thinking we had looking forward. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Gunny………
Fred is survived by his wife, Elaine Kimmel Kiel; daughters, Leea Walton and husband, Robert and Lisa Freistat and husband, Ross; and grandchildren, Shane Freistat and wife Hannah, Chelsea Walton and Justyn Walton.
Honoring Fred's wishes no services will be held.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.
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Thank you Fred for being part of our lives (Hawaii, California, & Oregon) and raising my brother Mike and I. It appears saying goodbyes is not your thing. A life that was heavily centered around food who’s profession was a Mess Cook with the U.S. Marines. One of your sayings I remember most was: Eat what you like, you got to die sometime - you might as well enjoy it while you can. Peace be with you as you rest in sleep.
Submitted by Ed Heyman (aka Kiel) on Dec 2 2018 05:38:06 PM
Susan & Ed Dunn lit a candle for Frederick "Fred" Seibert Kiel, Jr.
Susan & Ed Dunn lit a candle on Nov 23 2018 10:54:24 AM
So many get togethers, so many laughs and stories, you Mr. Fred..yes heavy on the Mr. Will be truly missed. Although our friendship was only a few years old, we thought the world if you. To this day, I haven't found anyone that can hold a candle to your pate', or your burgers...you knew how to handle food and friendships. We salute you sir and thank you once again for your service. Love & hugs to Elaine and the family.
Submitted by Susan & Ed Dunn on Nov 23 2018 10:52:05 AM
Thanks for the many laughs thru the years,and all your Good food...May you rest in peace...The family is on my prayer list.
Submitted by Christine Walton on Nov 20 2018 12:49:37 PM
Fred, it was a true honor to have known you!
Your humor and wisdom was infectious! Your love of cooking and your discriptions of recipes was my favorite!
You Sir will truly be missed! This one stings!
Rest easy Marine!
Submitted by Tom Schruefer on Nov 20 2018 09:46:03 AM
Elaine lit a candle for Frederick "Fred" Seibert Kiel, Jr.
Elaine lit a candle on Nov 19 2018 08:37:45 PM
Lisa Freistat lit a candle for Frederick "Fred" Seibert Kiel, Jr.
Lisa Freistat lit a candle on Nov 19 2018 08:09:23 PM
Uncle fred was one of my favorite people in my life and while I haven't seen in a numbers of years I still as close to him as when I was small. To my aunt Elaine, cousins lisa and leea and the waltons and freistats I love you all and he is watching over you!
Submitted by Mary Ellen and Tony Lisitsa on Nov 19 2018 06:27:11 PM
Jennifer Thigpen lit a candle for Frederick "Fred" Seibert Kiel, Jr.
Jennifer Thigpen lit a candle on Nov 19 2018 06:10:04 PM
I only wish I had known you longer!! You always knew how to make me laugh. You will forever be missed by so many.
Submitted by Jennifer Thigpen on Nov 19 2018 06:09:16 PM
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