Frederick Louis "Fred" Fruhwirth (1948 - 2014)

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Soldotna resident Frederick Louis Fruhwirth died on Friday, June 27, 2014 while on a trip to Montague Island. He lived his 66 years doing many things he enjoyed.
Fred was born on June 27, 1948 in Carrington, North Dakota and lived in Sykeston, North Dakota. In 1952 his family moved to Oregon and settled in Colton. He spent his childhood years on the family farm until he graduated from high school in 1966. He attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Oregon, and graduated in 1970 with a degree in education. He met Kathie during his first year of college and they married on August 8, 1970. Throughout their 44 years together, they loved and enjoyed each other. Going to church, watching movies, fishing, and sharing laughter daily were their favorite things. However, recently their grandchildren have been the light of their lives. Later they would have two sons, Christopher and Jeremy, and settle in Silverton, Oregon.
Fred served his country in the Navy on active duty and in the reserves, retiring after 24 ½ years. The Military was very important to him and he enjoyed telling stories of his days onboard ship to anyone who would listen. Throughout Fred's 40 working years, he did many things, the two most notable would be teaching school and truck driving. Anything related to trucking was a lifelong interest and enjoyment that he shared with his son, Christopher.
In 2008 Fred retired from teaching and he and Kathie moved to Soldotna. He loved the outdoors and spent as much time as possible hunting, fishing, cutting wood, and walking his dog Katie. With his son Jeremy, he shared many of these adventures, especially the hunting trips.
And, for the things he didn't enjoy, he did them with a smile anyway.
Survivors include his wife Kathie; sons, Christopher of Stayton, Oregon, and Jeremy and daughter-in-law Corrie of Palmer; and grandchildren Allison and Darren. He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at noon on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign Fred's online guestbook at
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on July 3, 2014