Phil Frieders was the second son born to Donald and Claudine Crofton Frieders in Seattle, Washington. For the next eight years, he and his brother Dave were navy brats living in Alaska before they settled in Walnut Grove, Ca on Claudine's father's pear ranch. In 1954, his younger brother Chris arrived, completing their family. If you know Phil, you know his extensive pear collection, which came by chance, not by design. Things "pear" were common gifts, but there was no resistance to buying an unusual pear sculpture, painting or dish set. He was selected as a subject for a newspaper article and television broadcast of "Odd Collections." Growing up on the Delta provided endless adventures and years of great story telling, at which he was quite the expert. Phil graduated from Courtland High School and Sacramento State University. He proudly followed his father's career path with the State of California, Employment Development Department (EDD) for 35 years. At the time of his retirement, he was Interim Deputy Director of the Job Services Division. Phil was always a natty, impeccably-dressed professional with crisp shirts, stylish suits and the latest in ties, having amassed hundreds as the styles changed. After his retirement, he closeted his business suits and adopted a casual style of t-shirts, jeans/shorts and sweatshirts-which resulted in his fellow colleagues not recognizing him at times. He was a mentor to many young staff members, and one in particular contributes his success to the advice Phil gave him, "always keep your shoes shined." Guests at his retirement party took home ties of their choice from his vast collection, which warmed his heart. Phil and five fishing pals, The Anadromous League they called themselves, traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico every year (in addition to many other fishing excursions). The six deep-sea anglers' goal was to catch the Big Five. Phil completed the challenge in 1997 with a whopper of a Dorado! Those were the days! He became quite the world traveler and was an excellent planner of trips. Phil was, however, a terrible navigator and was not keen on a navigator to guide him, either. Many a one-hour trip turned into several hours and became adventures unto themselves. Sadly, Phil acquired Hidradenitis suppurativa, a fancy name for a skin infection. Unfortunately, it did not stay on the outside and surgeries and antibiotics could not stem its tide, and it got the better of him. Phil is survived by his loving and humorous wife, Sheryl Carey; his brothers, David (Diane) and Chris (LeeAnn); nephews, Craig (Laurie), Justin (Janell Harris), Zachary (Stephanie), and Jeffrey Frieders; and niece, Samantha Frieders (Nathan Bontrager). He is also survived by great nephews, Chase Hadden, Crofton, Owen and Adam Frieders; and great nieces, CC Bontrager and Claire Frieders. They all adored their Uncle Phil. He is preceded in death by his parents and his loyal pets, which he cherished. Phil was also curator of the Frieders family historical collection; he relished it all. He was loved, respected and admired. Phil will be truly missed by all who knew him. There will be no public services. Should you wish to make a donation in Phil's name, we suggest making it to Dr. Paul Barnes Community Park, P.O. Box 1122, Walnut Grove, CA 95690.
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2021.