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Frederick E. Gesser

December 8, 1946 — April 30, 2023



Frederick E. Gesser, 76, of Thorndale, PA passed away, peacefully, on April 30, 2023.

Fred was born in Lakewood, NJ in 1946 to Frederick David and Doris Eileen Gesser.

Fred retired a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. He served in the Vietnam War from December 1968 to December 1969 as a combat weather forecaster with Big Red One, also known as the Fighting First.

After retiring from the USAF, he continued working as a respected Meteorologist in the private sector until officially retiring in 2016. Even after retiring, the artistry of his forecasting and his accuracy in predicting the weather continued to be admired by those who knew him. He was often fondly referred to as “The Original Weather Gesser” and “Special Phreddy.”

Fred was a member of the American Philatelic Society and was an avid stamp collector. He also enjoyed spending time fishing and bowling with family and friends.

Fred was the devoted husband of Kathryn S. Gesser (née Sabata); loving father of Sheri Fowler (Jeff), Kathi Traylor (Jim), Lisa Holstine (Mike), Bryan Gesser (Christina), Gregory Sabata (Kayla); proud grandfather of Craig, Tyler (Taylor), Jimmy (Morgan), Allyson, Jacob, Hailey, Chloe, Hannah, Grace, Maci, Nathan, Emma, Van, Ava, Lucas, Brooke; great-grandfather of Jaedon and James; dear brother to Bob Gesser (Wendy), Jim Gesser (Stefany) and Tom Gesser (Marlene).


He is also survived by stepmother Joyce Gesser; first wife Gayle Gesser;  and many nieces, nephews and family members.  He was predeceased by his parents and step-sister, Linda Wagner. 


He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Visitation:  Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Thanksgiving Church, 3702 370th Plaza Ave, Bellevue, NE 68123.

Funeral Service:  Tuesday, May 9, 11:00, Thanksgiving Church

Committal :  Tuesday, May 9, 12:30, Omaha National Cemetery

Military honors to be performed by the Offutt AFB Honor Guard

Memorial contributions in Fred’s memory to Lift For a Vet, would be appreciated.

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