Fredrick Roger Pfister
Branson - Fredrick Roger Pfister, son of Rolla and Jean Pfister, was born January 7, 1946, in Houston, MO. Fred departed this life on Friday, February 26, 2021, at Cox South in Springfield, at the age of 75 after a long illness and recent surgery.
Fred was the fifth of six brothers and attended a one-room elementary schoolhouse in Texas County, graduating from Houston High School in 1963. He began a life dedicated to writing, speaking and teaching as a college student at School of the Ozarks, graduating in 1968. From there he went to the University of Arkansas, where he received his Master's Degree in 1969.
He returned to the Ozarks and taught English and Speech at Gainesville. In 1971, he became a professor at a local college and simultaneously completed a doctoral degree in English Literature at the University of Mississippi in 1976.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved daughter, Falecia, who passed in 2013.
In addition, he is predeceased by brothers Robert Pfister and his wife Mabel and Dennis and his wife Patricia. He is survived by brothers James Pfister and wife Myrna of Summerfield, SC, David Pfister and his wife Joyce of Kissee Mills and Jerome Pfister of Raymondville.
He also leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Faye Coonts Pfister, and a host of relatives and good friends whose lives seem a little less bright without Fred in them.
Although ill health and the threat of contracting Covid had kept Fred inside for much of the past year, he was not someone that anyone who knew him could or will forget. No one would want to.
Due to Covid, a Celebration of Life for Fred has been postponed until we can all safely congregate.
Memorials in Fred's honor may be made to the Taneyhills Library, 200 S. 4th Street, Branson, MO 65616, or to the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, 205 Woodson Bend Road, Branson, MO 65616.
"(His) absence is like the sky, spread over everything."
—C. S. Lewis "A Grief Observed"
(By Camille F. Dautrich, friend of both Fred and Faye since 1974, when we suffered through a six-day-a-week summer class of Medieval Art History at the University of Mississippi. What an honor to have known Fred and to have been asked to write this remembrance.)
Published in News-Leader from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2021.