Raymond Victor Frede, 93, passed away December 24, 2016, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
Mr. Frede was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 27, 1922, to Raymond John Frede and Mary Elizabeth (Burgess) Frede.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jane M. (Gilmore) Frede; son, William W. Frede; and daughter, Margaret J. Frede. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael R. Frede. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kelly and Sean Frede.
Mr. Frede was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, serving as a crew member on a B-24 bomber in the European and North Africa Theater. He flew 44 missions and participated in numerous missions over Polesti.
Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he trained to be a wood patternmaker. He worked as a patternmaker for his entire life in various shops in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indiana, and Indianapolis.
He married Jane Gilmore on September 20, 1947, in Michigan City, Indiana. In 1958, the Frede family moved to Columbus, Indiana, where he was employed by Engelking Patterns.
Mr. Frede was active in Boy Scouts as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 68. He was a member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church where he was a member of the Vestry and was a Sunday school teacher. After retirement, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Jefferson School Program for at-risk children and created the wood shop at Mill Race Senior Center. He belonged to Golden K Kiwanis and the American Legion. He was a docent at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum.
He was a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds and attended the first MLB night game at Crosley Field May 24, 1935, and saw one of Johnny Vander Meer’s no-hit games.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with The Reverend Marc Vance officiating.
The family will receive guests after the service in the fellowship hall at the church.
A committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Section 87 at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2651 California Street, Columbus, IN 47201.
Arrangements were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Frede family at barkesweaverglick.com.