Freddie J. “Fred” Stone of Umatilla, Oregon, was born on June 5, 1934, in Omak, Washington, to parents Walter and Beulah Fulford Stone. He died on October 2, 2018, in Spokane, Washington, at the age of 84 years.
He was raised and attended school in Chelan, Washington, graduating from Chelan High School in 1952. Fred was united in marriage to Jean L. Crill on November 7, 1953, in Chelan, Washington. They moved to Umatilla, Oregon, in 1974 where they have lived since.
Fred worked as a carpenter and at Valley Tractor in Wenatchee for a short time. He later went to work for Guenther Irrigation in Pasco and Othello, which led him to work for Valmont Northwest, an irrigation supply company in Pasco, Washington. He worked there in sales where he received salesman of the year award and formed lifelong working relationships and friendships with many of the area farmers until retiring in 2000.
Fred was a member of the Hermiston Elks Lodge #1845 and volunteer fireman in Moses Lake, Wash. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching sports, camping, playing cards, reading, telling stories and jokes.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Stone, Umatilla, Ore.; daughters Cheree Stephens, East Wenatchee, Wash., and Lori (Don) Thornton, Boise, Idaho; son Vince (Katrina) Stone, Hermiston, Ore.; grandchildren Jamie, Natasha, Shayla, Justin, Tiffany and Jennifer; stepgrandchildren Kara, Kayla and Jessica; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Allen Stone, and son-in-law Gary “Archie” Stephens.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Burns Mortuary chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.
Those who wish may make contributions in Fred’s memory to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.