Fred served in the Army towards the end of World War II, honorably discharged as a sergeant. After leaving the service, Fred farmed and worked for Twombly Grain until 1963, when he lost his eyesight. Despite his disability, he enjoyed gardening and woodworking. One of his greatest enjoyments was spending time at the coffee shop, visiting friends and enjoying the occasional spirited political debate.
He was preceded in death by: parents Fred and Myrtle, siblings: Lois, Lawrence, Henry; brother-in-laws: Don Alexander and Frank Robertson.
Fred was a loving husband of almost 60 years to Dorothy, who survives the home. He will be dearly missed by his seven children: sons Rick (Linda), Tecumsah, Ks, Doug (Kathy) ,St. Joseph, Mo, Greg (Suzanne), Wichita, Ks. Daughters: Cinde (George Herbert, St. Joseph, Mo, Michelle (Bob) Linebach, St. Joseph, Mo. Sheryl (Joe) Tumea, DesMoines, Ia., and Nanny Matthias, Silver Lake, Ks. He leaves 12 grandchildren, Jeff (Kelsie) Shannon, Brandon Matthias, Jessica Herbert, Julia (Jarrett) Tyler, Cale Clark, Keaton and Hayden Steele, Mike, Andy, and Clint Spruill. Will Boyd. Four great grandchildren Sierra, Elizabeth, Joshua,and Brylie Matthias, Seven step-grandchildren, Eddie, Vinnie, Matthew Schuele, Patty (Philip) Rodriguez, Dru, Clay and Aubry Linebach.
Survivors also include: brothers Jay (Marilyn) Tecumsah, KS. Mark (Kim) Atchison, Ks. Sisters: Janice (Harold) Kuhnert Atchison, Ks. Carol Robertson Leavenworth, Ks. Catherine (Leo) Soyland, Lawrence, Ks. Wilma Alexander New Boston, Tx. Sister-in-laws Beverly, Denton, Ks. and Jean Troy, Ks. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Wednesday. The family will receive visitors Wednesday evening January 23rd from 6-8 pm at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland, Kansas. Services will be held at Chapel Oaks Thursday January 24th at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Mason Eye Institute @ University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1 Hospital Drive Columbia, MO 65212, to help pave the way for better treatment and cures for the blind which may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, Highland 66035