Fredrick Conway MEDLEN

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MEDLEN, Fredrick Conway (Age 83) It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce our dad's passing on Sunday, December 16th at 2:15 p.m. He died peacefully and without pain. Dad was surrounded by his loving family at his bedside. As he took his final breath, he quietly slipped away like a ripple on a pond. We draw comfort in the knowledge that dad was free from pain and it was no longer a struggle for him to breathe. Dad fought a long and hard battle against his terminal COPD. In the end it proved to be too much for him and he lost the battle. We know in our hearts and minds that dad is in a far better place, on God's green fairways playing the perfect game of golf hitting the "dream" hole-in-one! Dad was born on March 10th 1935 to Orville and Winona Medlen, in the small rural town of Starkville Colorado. The family relocated to Spokane, his dad bought a small farm in the Spokane Valley. They raised livestock, tended to a huge garden and a fruit orchard. It was a hard life for my dad and his older brother, Ronald as they had chores to do before school and after, leaving little time for outside activities. Dad and his older brother, Ronald were very close growing up. Dad tagged along with Ronald and his friends so much that they nicknamed him "Tag." Dad graduated from Central Valley High School in 1953. He lettered in all four sports the four years he attended. After graduating, dad went to work for Kaiser Trentwood. He started working in the sheet room, as an hourly worker and ended his career as a Shift Foreman on the hotline rolling mill. After 30 years, dad retired at the young age of 49. He moved to Liberty Lake and lived at the Sandy Beach Retirement community up until his last seven months of life. He pursued his one passion in life to golf every day, which he did for the last 30 years. He was a force to be reckoned with on the fairways. Dad was a true champion on the fairways and in his own personal life. When dad could no longer golf, due to his health, he became a "True Legend" at the sports bar "True Legends" in Liberty Lake, play the golf game "Golden Tee," holding the top score for several years. In 1956, dad married Beverly Ann Brunner. They had four children: daughters, Julie and Christine; sons, Mike and Stan. Dad and mom divorced 20 years later. Both maintained a loving and friendly relationship towards each other. Dad is preceded in death by his parents, older brother Ronald, and nephew Timothy. He is survived by daughters Julie Jackson and Christine (Gary) Norton; sons Michael (Phyllis) Medlen, Stanley (Patty) Medlen and ex-wife, Beverly Medlen. Five grandchildren: Rikki Lynn, Trevor, Jamie, Ryan and Joey. Six great-grandchildren: Peyton, Riley, Layla, Xander, Tanner and Mason. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Sunshine Gardens for their care, compassion and support they provided to our dad in his last months of life. We are having a Celebration of Life "get together" for dad on January 20, 2019 at Darcy's in Spokane Valley, 10502 E Sprague at 1:00 4:00 p.m. Please join us in celebrating dad's life with shared stories and memories. In the words of "Bobby Jones" Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots; but you have to play the ball where it lies.
Published in Spokesman-Review from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2019