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Fred Alvin Code of Sequim died on January 8, 2014, at the age of 76 surrounded by his family. His beloved wife, Alberta, had died six hours earlier after their struggle with various illnesses.
Fred was born February 1, 1937, in Oklahoma City to Mardell Morrow Code and Alvin Burton Code. He was baptized at First Presbyterian Church in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, where his family lived.
The fall of 1937, Fred's parents moved to Dallas, Texas, so that his father could work for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
After his parents' divorce in 1944, Mardell and Fred moved to Oklahoma City to live with Eva Morrow, his loving aunt, who was like a second mother to him. During his years there, Fred enjoyed attending the Morrow family dinners.
The family attended church together and celebrated birthdays. His Gram hosted these dinners, serving chicken and noodles or pork steak and hard dumplings, and her wonderfully delicious kolaches. Everyone else would bring a favorite dish and enjoy.
After cleaning up the kitchen, the family would gather to sing, while Eva would play their favorite hymns and songs.
Fred attended school in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Military Academy in Ponca City. He attended Second Presbyterian Church and was confirmed there. He graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City in 1955.
The week after graduation, Fred and his cousin James Karrenbrock visited a military recruiter and joined the U.S. Navy as a company of 75 men from Oklahoma who would remain together throughout boot camp.
Throughout his 10 years in the Navy, he served on the USS Orion, a submarine tender; the USS Walworth County, a landing ship tank; and the USS Thetis Bay, a Casablanca-class escort carrier, with tours in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean Sea and again near Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, along with tours in the U.S. waters off the east coast.
Most often, his home port was Norfolk, Virginia. In 1964, he went from activity duty to the Naval Reserve, where he served until 1980.
When he was discharged from active duty, Fred went to Lansing, Michigan, where he considered training to become a policeman. Instead, he decided to take the civil service exam so he could apply for work with the U.S. Postal Service like his uncle, Earl Morrow.
Fred and his first wife, Elizabeth, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, hoping the drier climate would help her lungs, but she eventually died from the illness. He worked for the Albuquerque USPS from 1964 to 1992.
Fred then moved to Casper, Wyoming, to be closer to his mother and Aunt Eva, both of whom were living in Montana.
Fred then moved to Sequim, where he joined a Stephens Ministries class and met Alberta Baker. Fred and Alberta were married November 29, 2003. They loved to read and traveled extensively. While enjoying their time on their car trips, they listened to gospel music and searched out Cracker Barrel restaurants.
He loved their home on the beach and watching the ships as they passed. He enjoyed his crossword puzzles, pizza night, dinner with friends and family, and other activities and classes he shared with Alberta at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church. He loved to "cook" for Alberta by taking her out to dinner.
Most of all Fred, enjoyed just being with Alberta and her family, for she was the love of his life. Fred and Alberta shared their faith, their love for the Lord and their willingness to do and support his work in this world.
Fred was preceded in death by his father, A.B. Code; his aunts, Eva Morrow, Ruth Karrenbrock and Leona Morrow; his uncles, Jim and Earl Morrow, and Martin Karrenbrock; and his cousin James Karrenbrock.
He is survived by his mother, Mardell Payne of Sacramento, California; his stepsister, Debra Payne, and stepbrothers, Steve and Dan Payne of California; their children and grandchildren; and his cousins Fred Morrow, Jean Crosswhite and Joan Nicholas of Oklahoma, and their children and grandchildren.
He is survived by Alberta's sons, Russell (Sherie) Dunn of Snoqualmie, Washington, and Luke (Mitzi) Dunn of Walla Walla , Washington; four Dunn grandchildren, Sarah, Trevor, Jeffrey and Kelly; along with many nieces and nephews.
A joint memorial service for Fred and Alberta will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 North Sequim Avenue in Sequim, at 2 p.m.
Donations may be given to the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, PO. Box 3434, Sequim, WA 98382.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 15, 2014
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