Fred Walter Fernow, 81, passed away peacefully at his residence in Ash Fork, Ariz., on March 2, 2013. His gentle affectionate nature, dignity and sense of humor were intact to the very end. He was born to Christian and Irene Fernow, along with Robert Fernow, Eva Fernow Garcia, Mary Catherine Fernow, Rosalie Fernow Irwin and Christian Fernow Jr.
He is survived by sister Rosalie Fernow Irwin and husband Beau; daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Rick Murphy; son and daughter-in-law Fred Fernow II (Fritz) and Ardella; daughter Kristina Fernow; daughter and son-in-law Karla and William Kratzenberg II; grandchildren Aaron and Sandi Orozco, Suzie and Brett Frederick, Fred Fernow III, Paul and Lacey Fernow, Amanda and Manuel Cibrian, Kasey and Brandon Town, Richard Murphy II, Cody Maher, Will and Kana Kratzenberg; and great-grandchildren Alexanderia, Malec, Haley, Brayden, Odessa, Treagan, Tayton, Talyn, Blaine, Evelyn, Paul, Ethan, Cienna, Taylor and Maddy.
Fred was born and raised in Ash Fork, Ariz., and resided there his entire life. He graduated from Ash Fork High School then joined the United States Navy. He served abroad in the Korean War on the U.S.S. Marshal DD-676 and the Gloucester PF-22. Fred received a letter from Kim Dae-jung, president of the Republic of Korea, thanking him for his noble contribution to the effort to safeguard the Republic of Korea. Also, received was the Korean War Service medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. Other medals received include the United Nations Medal, China Service Medal and the Japanese Occupation Good Conduct Medal. After returning from the service, Fred married Odessa Irene Mensi and began his new family. He worked for Whitey Webster loading railroad cars with flagstone, AT&SF Railway, Alfred M Lewis, Inc. and was self-employed as a Texaco owner until his retirement.
Fred had five children, Kathy, Lynn, Fritz, Kristie and Karla and was deeply devoted to his family and friends, nicknamed "Friendly Fred." He was Fire Chief of Ash Fork Volunteer Fire Department and the best storyteller of his lifetime experiences. He was crowned "King of Ash Fork" in 1982, at the Centennial Celebration. He approached life with a "live and let live" philosophy. He was kind, affectionate, generous and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion and the Elks Lodge.
A celebration of Fred's life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Ash Fork High School, Ash Fork, Ariz. A luncheon for all will follow immediately after the ceremony. Flowers and cards may be sent to the Chino Valley Funeral Home, 480 W. Palomino Road, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, 928-636-8225.
Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2013
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I haven't seen Freddie since I moved from AshFork in 1958/59. Seeing his smiling face brought back so many warm and fun memories of him. He was a good man and a dear friend.
Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013
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"Papa" as he was known to many will be missed greatly. Everytime he saw me, he would always ask "Hows your momma?" I know my mom was also very saddened to hear of this news. Amazing man with a great sense of humor. I am very sorry to the entire family for your loss. He left quite an impact in many, many lives.
Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013
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We are deeply saddened for the Fernow family's loss of such an amazing father, brother, son, grandfather and friend. Freddy & Irene were some of my parents Milton & Connie Hobbs closest friends and their family was ours. We loved and will miss Freddy's smile, laughter, sense of humor and kindness..... Along with his great dancing skills :). If you needed to laugh or smile Freddy's Texaco was the place to go. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ginger & Rick Wagner and family