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Fred Stassel


09/02/1928 - 12/27/2014 Obituary
Fred Stassel Obituary
The youngest of nine children, Fred was born at the family home in La Porte, Indiana. He attended local public schools and dreamed of a more exciting life than northern Indiana could offer. Upon high school graduation in 1946, Fred joined the Navy and earned the rank of aviation electronics third class, stationed at the Naval Air Facility in Adak, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1949, he entered Indiana University at Bloomington where he participated twice in the Little 500 bicycle race. In 1953, he graduated with a B.S. in business and set off to begin his career as a salesman, working in Florida for Armstrong Cork, then on the central coast of California for Delco Battery, a subsidiary of General Motors.
After marrying Mona Lefler in 1961, he moved to Bakersfield from the San Fernando Valley with his three stepsons, Dennis, Larry and Steve, to begin a 44-year career with E.F. Hutton. In the 1990s, he was president of SWAAT (Singles Working Against Arthritis Together) and was a member of the Houchin Community Blood Bank 8-Gallon Club. In 2005, at age 75, he retired as a stockbroker and six years later moved to Agoura Hills, California, to be closer to his daughter and her family. Next to his beloved Cadillac Eldorado, Fred's greatest joy in life was being a dad and a grandpa.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Stephen Bluestein of Agoura Hills; stepson Dennis Lefler of Austin, Texas; sister Ann Stassell of La Porte, Indiana; grandson, Jesse Bluestein of San Luis Obispo; and granddaughter, Jenny Bluestein of Agoura Hills.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at Rose Family Funeral Home, 4444 Cochran St., Simi Valley, followed by a 12:30 p.m. burial at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fred's alma mater, the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University:
http://kelley.iu.edu/development/donations.cfm
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 30, 2014
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