Freddie J. “Fred” Stone of Umatilla, Oregon, was born on June 5, 1934 in Omak, Washington to parents, Walter and Beulah Fulford Stone. He died on October 2, 2018 in Spokane, Washington at the age of 84 years. He was raised and attended school in Chelan, Washington, graduating from Chelan High School in 1952. Fred was united in marriage to Jean L. Crill on November 7, 1953 in Chelan, Washington. They moved to Umatilla, Oregon in 1974 where they have lived since. Fred worked as a carpenter and at Valley Tractor in Wenatchee for a short time. He later went to work for Guenther Irrigation in Pasco and Othello which led him to work for Valmont Northwest an irrigation supply company in Pasco, Washington. He worked there in sales where he received salesman of the year award and formed lifelong working relationships and friendships with many of the area farmers until retiring in 2000. Fred was a member of the Hermiston Elks Lodge #1845 and volunteer fireman in Moses Lake, Wa. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching sports, camping, playing cards, reading, telling stories and jokes.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Jean Stone, Umatilla, OR; daughters: Cheree Stephens, East Wenatchee, WA and Lori (Don) Thornton, Boise, ID; son: Vince (Katrina) Stone, Hermiston, OR; grandchildren: Jamie, Natasha, Shayla, Justin, Tiffany & Jennifer; step grandchildren: Kara, Kayla & Jessica; 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: George and Allen Stone and son-in-law: Gary “Archie” Stephens.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.
Those who wish may make contributions in Fred’s memory to American Diabetes Assoc. at 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202.
Please sign the online condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.