on July 13, 2014 - 5:50 PM
Richard F. “Dick” Wiesinger, of Clarence and Saranac Lake, who worked at Calspan Corp. for 40 years and was an active volunteer, died June 9 at his home in Clarence. He was 80.
Mr. Wiesinger was born in Buffalo and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951 from the University of Buffalo’s school of engineering. He worked in Calspan’s wind tunnel and rose to the rank of technical manager in the Research and Development department.
He married Carole E. Godfrey on Sept. 20, 1958.
He was an active member of the Harris Hill United Methodist Church, where he was a youth leader for 10 years, a 4H leader and also served on the board.
Upon Mr. Wiesinger’s retirement in 1994, he and his wife moved to Saranac Lake, where he joined the First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder and deacon.
In the first two years of his retirement, Mr. Wiesinger designed and built a unique tunnel hull boat. He enjoyed fishing in and hiking around the Saranac chain of lakes. He also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, for the New York Ski Education Foundation ski races and Olympic trials at Whiteface Mountain, at First Night Saranac Lake and as part of his church’s holiday helpers program.
Mr. Wiesinger and his wife traveled extensively, visiting Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Ireland and other European countries. He drove to Alaska three times and toured the lower 48 states.
Besides his wife of 55 years, Mr. Wiesinger is survived by three sons, Keith, Kenneth and Brian; and 10 grandchildren.