Harlan “Fred” Ezra Frederick, 79, passed away in Concord Care Center, Sandusky, on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. With a deep passion and appreciation for life, he lived every day to its fullest even during his lengthy illness. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
He was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Bellevue, to Ezra and Anna (Decker) Frederick. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1951. He joined the Navy in 1952.
On Nov. 20, 1954, he married Joanna Cook, his loving wife of 58 years.
He was hired on Nickel Plate Railroad in 1956 where he worked as a conductor until 1991. After retiring, he worked part time for Woodard Photography.
He was a member of the United Transportation Union and a terminal president of BRCF.
Harlan will most be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. With a keen sense of humor, he had the unique ability to connect with people of any age. He was always the perfect host to family and friends. He greatly enjoyed evenings of good conversation, a delicious meal, and a game of dominoes, where he was typically the winner. Skilled in many trades, he was always willing to help others. He was also very knowledgeable about nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors.
Serving as a church elder, Harlan was an active member of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, of Bellevue. His faith continues as an inspiration to many.
He will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Joanna Frederick; his three children, Diane (Raynard) Buckner and Guy (Earlene) Frederick, of Bellevue, and Dean (Kelly) Frederick, of Gilbert, S.C.; sister, Donna McKeaver (Merle), of Fostoria, Ohio; father-in-law, Clifton Cook, of Bellevue. His memory will also be cherished by his six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Willard Frederick; sister, Marigene Meyers; and mother-in-law, Sarah Cook.
Friends may call from 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 23, until the service at noon at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue. Interment will follow at Strongs Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Harlan’s name to Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824 or Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.