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Fred Albert Zielesch

1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Fred Albert Zielesch Obituary
Aug. 2, 1931 - Dec. 30, 2017 Woodland Fred Albert Zielesch passed away from natural causes peacefully at home on Dec. 30, with his loving family at his bedside. Fred was born on Aug. 2, 1931 in Woodland, to William August Zielesch and Leona Beatrice Charters. He attended Woodland schools and graduated in 1950. It was there that he met the love of his life, and he married Evelyn Chriss in 1954. She was his rock and his soulmate, and they were together for 63 years until his death. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, William and Leona Zielesch and brother William Zielesch. He is survived by his brothers, Arthur Zielesch (Michigan) and George Zielesch (Fort Bragg, CA); wife, Evelyn Zielesch (Woodland); sons, Gregory Zielesch (San Diego) and Derrick Zielesch and wife Kim (Woodland); daughter, Tanya Johnson aka "Cricket" and husband Rob (Woodland); grandchildren, Rex, Dane and Cache Zielesch, Rodney Gladney, Chase, Cody and Casey Smith, and Danielle Zielesch (all of Woodland), and Lindsey Myers (Oregon). After graduating from Woodland High School in 1950, Fred started working for Oliver Orrick as a ranch hand for a number of years. He and Evelyn eventually purchased Orrick Farms in 1972, and he ran Zielesch Farms until his health declined in 2009. He raised alfalfa and rice primarily, and he was quite popular with the horse crowd locally. Farming was his passion. Fred was known for his strong work ethic and honor, and he believed that a firm handshake was a bond of trust. Although he lost his leg in an accident at age 16, he never let this get in the way of hard work, and he accomplished his goals with a "can do" attitude. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, it meant something. He had strong morals and was a member of St Johns United Church of Christ. Fred was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by his family and many friends. There will be a viewing at McNary's Chapel in Woodland on Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a graveside service at Monument Hill at 1 p.m., thereafter. Following the funeral, there will be a celebration of life reception at Willow Oak Hall.
Published in Daily Democrat from Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2018
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