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Kenneth G. ‘Ken’ Wiman, 90, retired rear admiral with the Coast Guard

Kenneth G. ‘Ken’ Wiman

WILMINGTON — Retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Kenneth G. Wiman, 90, formerly of Fort Washington, Maryland, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021.

He is survived by his twin brother, Ray Wiman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; wife, Virginia Wiman of Wilmington; son, Steve Wiman, and his wife, Stephanie, of Sacramento, California; son, Keith Wiman, and his wife, Nilda, of Waldorf, Maryland; son, Carl Wiman, and his wife, Linda, of Orlando, Florida; daughter, Gail Teibel, and her husband, Mitch, of Wilmington; daughter, Susan Essid, and her husband, Chris, of Hampstead; and five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Ken was a devoted husband, loving father and served our nation in the U.S. Coast Guard for 36 years, where he retired at the rank of rear admiral. Early in his career, Dad served in the Western Pacific during the Korean War on the Destroyer Escort USCGC Ramsden WDE-482. He served in various assignments in Alaska, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Rear Admiral Wiman was awarded three Meritorious Service medals and two Legion of Merit awards. He served as the president of the Society of American Military Engineers and served as the chief of Coast Guard Research and Development.

One of his signature accomplishments was the standardization of channel markers to assist with navigation. Except for the later international change from black to green on one side of the channel, his design is still in use today.

He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors. The family is arranging a date in April. If anyone would like more information on the service, please contact Susan Essid at

The family requests donations be made in his name to the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. Anyone may visit to make a donation. He was proud of his service to our great nation and his service aboard the USCGC Ramsden during the Korean War.

Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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