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Navy veteran from Greensburg was Civil War, model train buff

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| Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:00 a.m

For Wesley Frick, the family names of Frick and Evers etched on the Pennsylvania State Monument in Gettysburg were a reminder of the ideals that his family fought for in the Civil War.

“Wesley truly believed that the Civil War was fought not only to preserve the Union and our way of life, but to rid the country of slavery,” said his sister, Cindy Secor of DuBois.

Wesley F. Frick of Greensburg died of cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in the Veterans Affairs hospital in O’Hara. He was 61.

“My brother was a Navy radar operator based in the Philippines whose ship was involved in the evacuation of Saigon during the Vietnam War,” Secor said. “What happened that week, he never forgot. And like most men who experienced the horrors of war, he seldom talked about it.”

Mr. Frick was raised in Verona, one of two children in the family of Wesley F. and Emma Long Frick.

Secor said her brother was interested in history from the time he was a youngster, and it became a motivation of his life.

“Our father, who was a World War II veteran, was also a Civil War buff,” Secor said. “During the summer when we went on vacations, we’d end up in Gettysburg, where we’d tour the battlefields and the museums.

“Our parents were members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensburg, where our father was an elder and Wes and I attended church and Sunday school.”

Secor said her brother was attending Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with the goal of becoming a history teacher, when he entered the Navy. In 1975, after his discharge from the military, Mr. Frick worked a number of jobs, including golf course greenskeeper, for Primerica, and restaurant cook.

“My brother was a terrific cook,” Secor said. “We looked forward to going to his home for dinner and also viewing his model train collection which was spread out in the basement of our parents’ home. Wes never purchased any models for his collection. He’d build the models himself.”

In addition to his sister, Mr. Frick is survived by his brother-in-law, Edwin, and three nieces, Katie, Jamie and Carrie Secor.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today in the Kepple-Graft Funeral Home Inc., 524 N. Main St., Greensburg, with the Rev. Donna Havrisko of Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating.

Interment will be in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

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