C. Fred Avery

C. FRED AVERY, 85 ROCKFORD - C. Fred Avery, 85 of Rockford passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Grand Victorian. Born Sept. 20, 1927, in Crookston, Minn., the son of Carl F. Sr. and E. Ruth (Law) Avery. He graduated from West High School, Class of 1945, and entered into the U.S. Navy. Fred was honorably discharged on July 30, 1946, and on Dec. 14, 1946 he married his loving wife, Jackie Ellis in Rockford. He was the director of diagnostic research and development for Marion Laboratories where he was proud to have earned 17 patents from the U.S. Government for his inventions in analytical cultures and first aid devices. After working for several years he officially retired on Sept. 30, 1986. A faithful member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where he devoted much of his time tending to the facilities and grounds. He also took time to cheer on his Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls, and was an avid reader. He was a brilliant, inventive, devoted and loving man who will be missed dearly by all. Survivors include his wife, Jackie of Rockford; sons, Thomas (Mary) of Ripon, Wis., Glenn (Vicki) of Janesville, Wis., and Ross (Patti) of LaGrange Park; grandchildren, Kate (Todd) Milykovic, Dylan (Erin Alabaugh) Avery, Ryan (Rachael Thiel) Avery, Jason (Julieanne) Rieker, Jordan (Julie) Rieker, Rob (Erin) Avery, Benjamin, Noah, Ezra and Lydia Avery; great-grandchildren, Ryder, Brooklyn and Landon; brother-in-law, Roger (Jo Ellyn) Ellis of Rockford; nieces, Kathleen and Karen; and nephew, Mark. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4700 Augustana Drive, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to time of service; the Rev. Kenneth Storck will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the church. Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel is assisting the family. Extend online condolences at: www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

Funeral Home

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Rockford
1860 S. Mulford  Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-2273

Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013