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Frederick Gilbert Crary III

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Frederick Gilbert Crary III

AGE: 90 July 2, 1925- January 28, 2016 • Wilmington, DE

Born July 2, 1925 in Lexington, KY, Frederick G. Crary, III was the elder son of the late Frederick Gilbert Crary II and Elaine (Stulting) Crary. Fred was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Corona (Smathers) Crary, his only brother and best friend, James, and his only niece, Ruth. Fred was the very loving father of 3 daughters: Candace Deuble of Los Lunas, NM (Spouse-Robert), Claudia Bradley of Newark, DE (Spouse-Scott), and Katherine Hlubik of North Hanover, NJ (Spouse-Paul). He had 2 grandsons, Colin and Karl, and a Granddaughter, Jessica (Spouse-Michael), mother to his 2 great-grandsons. Fred also leaves behind his Sister in Law, Betty, 3 nephews: David, Jonathon, and Stephen together with their loved ones, including 3 great nephews and a great niece.

Fred's life was testimony to why his was called the Greatest Generation and why the rest of us enjoy the freedoms we do today. At 17, he enlisted in the Army and on his 18th Birthday, just weeks after finishing High School, Fred put down his clarinet and his saxophone and was called to Active Duty serving in the Infantry on the European Front during WWII. After the war, Fred came home to Kentucky where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering from University of Kentucky on the GI Bill. There he met Corona, married and became a proud father to Candace. After working briefly in a local engineering firm, his Services were once again called upon to defend our freedom. Fred served as a Lieutenant and a Paratrooper in the Korean War.

After returning safely home, Fred went to work in the Civil Engineering department of E. I. DuPont in Louisville, KY. Time passed and along came two more daughters, Claudia and Katherine. After advancing within the company, Fred was transferred to Wilmington, DE in 1967, where he later became responsible for inventory and logistics control and became proficient in computer programming. He retired after thirty plus years of service with E. I. DuPont.

Before leaving his birth state, Fred was bestowed the honor of distinction of Kentucky Colonial. Fred was also a descendent of Archibald Crary, who served as a Colonel in the American Revolution and was a member of The Society of Cincinnati.

Fred was a man of very strong values and faith. He served Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in numerous capacities including Elder, Deacon, Stephen Minister and Sunday School teacher. It was through the church that he found a calling to work with the precious youth at Urban Promise in Wilmington, DE.

In his 80's, Fred moved into Cokesbury Village and proved himself the Renaissance Man rediscovering his love for both art and music. He picked the clarinet back up and soon found himself playing with the Academy Band, even touring England. He was also a talented sketch artist. He loved his prayer group, scrabble games with family and weekly music sessions with friends. Fred never met a person or made a friend he did not treasure.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11:00 am at Red Clay Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennan's Church Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808. A gathering will be held immediately afterwards in the Fellowship Hall, refreshments provided.

In lieu of Flowers, friends are asked to contribute to The Children's Tumor Foundation, in honor of a little girl named Isabelle who touched Fred's heart.

To offer condolences visit 302-999-8277.

Published in The News Journal on Jan. 31, 2016
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