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Frederick Howard Tilley

1948 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Frederick Howard Tilley Obituary
FREDERICK HOWARD TILLEY entered this world on November 24, 1948, and passed to his eternal resting place on March 30, 2015. Born to Howard and Helen Tilley in Omaha, Nebraska and raised, in his early years, surrounded by the love of his parents, grandparents and an army of cousins. Fred was joined by his sister, Sheri, and brothers, Jack, Tom and Scott. Fred served honorably in the Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. He married the love of his life, Denise, after 10 days of courtship, in 1973. His first son, Frederick Howard Tilley Jr. "Ricky", was born 1974, followed by Matthew Leon Tilley in 1975, and Paul Thomas Tilley in 1977. Fred raised his family in Southern California surrounded by the love of his parents, siblings and friends. His life was further blessed with the addition of his granddaughter, Nicolette, and precious grandsons, Danny and Patrick. He began working with Steelcase in 1973, starting on the low rung. He obtained his B.A. degree, studying for eight years at night while working full-time, with the sole purpose of better providing for his family. His hard work and effort propelled him up the ladder at Steelcase, from lead man to supervisor, to manager, to plant manager, until his retirement in 2012. He spent the last three years of his life blessed with calm and serenity in his adopted home of Decatur, Alabama. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Helen, and his sons, Ricky and Matthew. Fred was his family's shepherd and confidant. Until his final day his life was wrapped in the love of all who knew him and his walk with his Lord. Funeral services to be held at the First Bible Church, 3202 Spring Ave., Decatur, Al, 35603 on Friday, April 3, 2015. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Shelton Funeral Home is directing.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 3, 2015
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