Freddie "Fred" VanBiber
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6/11/1931 - 9/25/2013
Freddie "Fred" VanBiber passed away on the morning of Wednesday, September 25, 2013 peacefully at his home in Auburn, Calif.
Born the younger of two sons of Fred and Bertie VanBiber on June 11, 1931 in Milfay, Oklahoma. Fred was raised in Oakdale and Riverbank, Calif. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from San Jose State University.
Fred entered the Air Force in 1950. He proudly served 4 years as a Staff Sergeant and Military Police Officer and was honorably discharged in 1954. Shortly thereafter, he began his long and successful career that spanned 28 years in education as a teacher and superintendent, 17 years being spent in Foresthill, Calif.
Fred was a loving husband, father, grandfather and just recently a great-grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife Sharlene, children Vicky, Mark, and Lisa; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first son Victor.
Fred had many passions and interests. Whether he was fishing at French Meadows, racing in the Baja 500, working with the Foresthill Search and Rescue or traveling between Canada and Bahia De Los Angeles, Mexico, Fred was having a good time. Fred was always the first to arrive and the first to leave at any gathering. Thus he earned the nickname "Gotta-Go."
As quoted by one of his students "Mr. VB was a hugely positive force in my (and MANY other kids) childhoods. He was an excellent English and History teacher, a caring and consistent disciplinarian, and most of all, an all-around good person."
Fred will be missed by his family and many dear friends.
A private service will be held and his ashes will be inurned at the Newcastle Cemetery. Hospice shared in the care for Fred the last 18 months of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11775 Education Street, Suite 201, Auburn CA 95602 would be very much appreciated. Please join us in celebrating Fred's life by signing the online guestbook at www.chapelofthehills-auburn.com
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Oct. 6, 2013