Harry H. "Mousie" Wieand, a retired steamfitter, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 74.
Mr. Wieand was born in Buffalo and worked part time in the meat market of his parents, Otto and Theresia Wieand, for many years. He attended Seneca Vocational High School and received his general equivalency diploma in 1965.
He worked as a gas station attendant and machinist's helper. In 1952, he joined Becco Chemical Co., which later became FMC Corp., in the Town of Tonawanda. He retired in 1993 as a steamfitter.
Mr. Wieand served in the National Guard's 127th Tank Battalion and the Army Cavalry Division as a truck driver. He also was a military police officer in Hokaido, Japan, during the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. An avid camper, he had strong mechanical abilities and was always there to help with a project. He enjoyed waltzes, violin music, campfires with friends and family, model trains, a Manhattan made with Southern Comfort, and a bottle of Heineken.
In his younger years, he danced with the Schuhplattler Gebirgstrachten Verein Edelweiss. He also was a member of the American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose and Wyoming County Veterans Club.
Mr. Wieand joined Charles W. Cushman Lodge, Free & Accepted Msons, in 1975. He served a master in 1983 and 1987. He also was a member of the Camel Herders Shrine Club, Tonawanda-Grand Island Shrine Club, Buffalo Consistory and Ismailia Shrine.
He and his wife of 52 years, the former Rita Hammer, traveled to Europe in 2001 to visit the birthplaces of their ancestors in Germany. They spent winters in North Fort Myers, Fla., at Upriver Campground, where they ran a German dinner night.
Surviving, besides his wife, are three daughters, Pauline S. of Cape Coral, Fla., Diane T. Young of Cheektowaga and Deborah A. Ellis of Rochester; three brothers, Otto of Lancaster and Walter and Richard, both of of Cheektowaga; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Philip the Apostle Church, Cheektowaga, after prayers in Dietrich Funeral Home, Snyder. Burial was in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.