Fred James Cates
1945 - 2016
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May 18th, 1945 ~ September 25th, 2016

Fredrick James John Cates passed away September 25th, 2016. He was born in Oakland, California, May 18th, 1945. His parents moved to Sheridan, Wyoming where he was then raised and graduated from Sheridan High School.
As a young man, he enjoy fishing and hunting near and around the Big Horn Mountains.
Fred then continued on to Nebraska where he went to college for electrical engineering.
After college, he married Joy Natolitano and eventually moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he started his career of 38 years with Freightliner Truck on Swan Island in Portland, Oregon as an electrician. Shortly following, Fred and his family moved to Ridgefield, Washington where he loved to work hard, play hard, and pursue all of his many personal passions.
Fred retired from Freightliner in 2002 and spent most of his remaining years at the beach, fishing throughout the Pacific Northwest, building projects in his wood shop, and his most favorite thing to do was playing cards at the Moose Lodge with all of his friends. He loved to be around people and his crazy sense of humor sometimes was shocking and more often than not would catch you off guard and really make you laugh.
He was a very talented, crafty, caring, fun loving person
and will be dearly missed by many.
Fred is survived by his 3 sons, Scott (Nancy), Garold, and James; his grandchildren, Mikaela, Conner, Tristan, and Sam.
He preceded in death by his wife, Terry, in 2013.
Services will be held at Northwood Park Funeral Home this Sat., Oct. 1st at 11a.m. A celebration will follow at the Moose Lodge, 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m., #2423, 6719 NE 219th St., (in Dollars Corner) Battle Ground, WA 98604.
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 29, 2016.
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May 27, 2017
My husband, Dennis Kreger Sr loved Fred. They were inseparable in Sheridan where they made so many memories including when Fred drove his car into a swimming pool. Our times fishing, clamming and sitting around the fire at Long Beach will never be forgotten. Love you My Friend.
Bobbie Kreger
October 6, 2016
Fred. I enjoyed our time at Freightliner , RIP
Mary Garcia
October 2, 2016
Fred and I were the best of friends, we use to go garden raiding and then head up to the cabin and fish for several day until or groceries ran low.......Bob Madden married Ella Kreble after Freds father passed, Fred and I fished all over the Big Horn mountains and had great fun, His first job was driving a Tasty Freeze truck around Sheridan, wish I had some picture of him with his little cap on playing his music........What a guy, rest in piece my friend, won't be long and I will join you and the we can get after the fishing.......
Kent Taylor
October 2, 2016
Rest in paradise Fred. Haven't seen you in years, but you were a part of my life. Condolences to the family.
Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson
October 1, 2016
My sincere condolence to your family. I hope that your many fond memories will comfort you and that you find encouragement from the Bible at Phillipians 4:6-7.
October 1, 2016
So sad to hear of Fred's passing. I worked with Fred in the electric shop at Freightliner. OMG he was so funny and always made me laugh with his antics. His weasel on a stick made more than one vendor jump in surprise. And he surprised me me more than once with the weasel or the spider also attached to a stick. His sense of humor always made my day brighter. When you leave this world and people remember you with a smile and a chuckle what a great gift you have given them.
Sue Caven
September 29, 2016
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
We'll miss you terribly, Fred.
Liz and Craig Lynch
September 29, 2016
Rest in peace good neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Dennis and Laural Kozacek
September 29, 2016
A Great friend for 25+ years , we shared the good and the bad it was quite a ride , only hoped it could have been longer . R I P my friend . To Fred's Family know my thoughts are with you .
Brian Stefan
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