Fred McKenzie, 85, of Sterling, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Smithville-Western Care Center after a period of declining health.
Fred was born July 19, 1931 in Spencer, W.Va. to the late Daniel and Elsie (Ellis) McKenzie and graduated from Rittman High School in 1949. He married the former Edith Rice on June 14, 1951 and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired from the Packaging Corp. of America in Rittman in 1992 after 42 years of service. Fred had made his home in the Rittman and Sterling area all of his life and had been a Little League and Hot Stove Coach, had helped establish the Boy Scout Troup in Sterling and played on the PCA Softball Team. He enjoyed camping and fishing having camped at Seneca Lake and at Charles Mills Lake where he even play Santa in July. Over the years he enjoyed trips to Canada and traveling with his best friends, Frank and Norma Kitts and always loved attending this children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. Fred will always be remember for having never met a stranger and his for his sense of humor.
Surviving are his son, Tom McKenzie of Sterling; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Rich Gasser of Creston; his 4 grandchildren and their spouses, Mandy and Scott Maibach, Nick and Jill Gasser, Jen and Bryan Shirey and Michelle and Jeff Grassbaugh; his 7 great-grandchildren, Paige and Gavin Maibach, Ethan and Carter Gasser, Raegan and Kason Shirey and Justin Grassbaugh; a sister, Danetta Eagers of Mountain City, TN and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; a sister, Dorothy Norris and a brother, Richard McKenzie.
Services will be Friday at 12:00 noon at Murray Funeral Home in Creston where friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com
Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
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Name: The Thompson's
I'm very sorry to hear about Fredy' s passing. I will never forget the fun times we all had at the campground! You will be greatly missed and never forgotten!! With love and prayers! Krista, Aleah, Charlie and Judy
Name: George& Donna Kelley& family
We were so sorry to hear of Freds passing. We just found out this afternoon. Our hearts go out to the family. Freddy was a real joy to be around and he could make you laugh even if you were in a down mood. I never saw him unhappy and he always left people feeling better than when he arrived. God bless you Fred!
Name: Carolyn Duskey Lutz
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who loved and cared for Fred. I went to school with Fred and Edith and worked with Richard at Stricklands and if not mistaken they lived down the street from where I grew up. May God grant you peace and strength for the sad days and may many happy memories fill the void his passing leaves. In Jesus Love,