Thursday, April 7, 2011
June 7, 1913 - April 5, 2011
Born in Dupuyer, Mont., to George A and Marie Little. Fred learned to do many ranch jobs, gentled wild horses for riding, learned carpentry and small-engine repair. His grandfather Little taught him how to weld when Fred was 10 years old. He worked for the railroad at Whitefish, Mont., and at Superior, Wis.
Fred married Lena Belle Pfrimmer in Whitefish, Mont., on Jan. 24, 1942. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years and reserves for 19 years. He worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 32 years.
Fred was active in the V.F.W. in Whitefish, Mont., for many years, active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, taught Boy Scouts, Sunday School classes and was a clerk. He helped in the 4th of July ceremonies in Walla Walla for several years with the fireworks display put on by Gary Lentz.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Lena; daughter, Judy I. Murphy; grand-daughter, Maria Murphy; and grandson, Kroy Kennedy. His surviving children are Dorthea Stubbert of Dayton, Jean La Vanway and
son-in-law Victor La Vanway of Milton-Freewater; son-in-law Michael J. Murphy and wife Sonja of Longview; Judy and Jean were twins. Fred's
grandchildren are Dorthea's sons, Alex and William, Judy's and Mike's children, Danny Murphy (wife Deanna), David (wife Heather), Michael (wife Stephanie, Philo (wife Stephanie) Jack (wife Amanda) and Sonja's son Adam Carlson (wife Julie); Philo and Michael are twins; Jean's children are Kerry Ford (husband Henry) of Virginia, Klancy Kennedy working in China; grandchildren, (children of Judy Mike Murphy, now Mike and Sonya) daughter, Charlene Braack (husband Bill) and son, Adam Carlson (wife Julie); many grandchildren and a few great-great grandchildren.
Fred loved fishing, hunting, marksmanship and won trophies in rifle shooting. He could tell a good story with a wonderful sense of humor. He had a creative mind and could make many things with his handiwork. Fred died of natural causes; we smile and say his warrantee wore out at age 97.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dayton, followed with burial in the family plot in the Waitsburg City Cemetery. Visitation
will be between 4-6 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Hubbard-Rogg Chapel 111 S. 2nd St., in Dayton.