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Service in California for Minden native

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A memorial service is April 28 in La Mesa, Calif., for Minden native William Frederick Wennhold, who died Feb. 27, 2012, from Alzheimer’s.

Born June 2, 1929, in the master bedroom of the red brick building his father, banker William Wennhold, built six years earlier from a plan found in a magazine, his mother was Freida Heise Wennhold. The building now serves as the front office for the Carson Valley Inn Motor Lodge,

He attended the Minden Grammar School on Mono Avenue, where he played in the German band in the Carson Valley Day celebration. His wife Saundra said he attended Douglas County High School where he played in the school band and played football during his senior year.

“He said his class was the first to have the privilege of wearing Levis,” she said. “That was a big deal to them.”

He graduated from Douglas County High School in 1947. He attended the University of Nevada and the California-Aeronautical Technical Institute.

“He was proud of his contributions to NASA’s Space Programs including the ATLAS during his 35 year engineering career with General Dynamics,” Saundra Wennhold said.

Wennhold served in both the U.S. Air Force, the Air National Guard of the United States and the Air National Guard of Nevada.

He was married on Aug. 31, 1968, in La Mesa. The couple lived in La Mesa for 42 years. Wennhold enjoyed camping, riding motorcycles, and hiking. He also sailed and was proud of the fact that he had built his own catamaran. During retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife, reading, and classical music. He was an avid walker and was often seen walking downtown to the library.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1998, and he participated in the Alzheimer Association, UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer Research Center, and the Glenner Memory Day Care Program.

“He believed that if he could help one family member or caregiver, one healthcare professional, or one other person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s understand the complexity and impact of living with Alzheimer’s, or further research, he would have made yet another contribution,” his wife said.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margaret and son Christopher.

He is survived by wife Saundra; sons William R. and John F.; daughter Mary L. grandchildren Rebecca and William; and great-grandchildren Hailey and Roberto.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Glenner Memory Day Care Center, 3702 Fourth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

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