July 26, 1931 — April 29, 2014
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Fred was a fifth-generation resident of El Dorado County. He joined the Sea-Bees right after graduating El Dorado High School. He served in Guam, Korea, and Japan, building airfields. After the service, he became a pilot. At that time, Placerville Airport’s runway was dirt and had a “high tech” Windsock.
Fred lived in Marysville, Sacramento and then moved to Orange County, where he had a carpet and flooring business for 40 years. There he met an interior designer, Audrey Berry. They married in 1991. Fred retired in 1992 and returned to El Dorado County with Audrey. They remodeled a house and cleared property, making it a place of beauty, history and peace. With the second love of his life, Madelyn (the tractor), Fred built a small mining town using barn wood he salvaged.
Fred loved life in El Dorado County, surrounded by the mountains and the beauty of nature. He was a quiet man with smiling eyes and a dear heart. He loved his wife, beautiful daughters, family and friends. He developed health problems but remained a trooper. He never complained and was kind and polite to everyone. His family is deeply grateful for the attentive and kind treatment from the staff at Marshall Hospital and The Pines.
A private family service was held. Fred became the fifth generation to be buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.