Fred P. Church

January 12, 1940 ~ January 3, 2016

Fred P. Church, 76, of Vancouver, WA, passed away in Rancho Mirage, CA, after complications from surgery. He was the only child of Homer and Marie Church.
Fred was the owner of Fred Church Ins., Inc. from 1967-1996 in Vancouver and served on the Board of Directors of Grange Ins., Seattle, WA from 1974 to 2016.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (Dollar).
Fred is survived by his wife, Jeanne Church; daughters, Michele Sawyer, Michelle Shippy; son, Greg Church; stepchildren, Ron Rood and Davina French; grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Sawyer, Allie Church, Levi, Luke, Cooper and Hope Shippy, Bella, Amy and Will Rood and Michael Rizzo; and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was a snowbird in Indio, CA for the past 15 years. Fred's love after his family was golf, he now has a permanent tee-time at 8:00 a.m.!
A Celebration of Life will be at the Heritage Palms Golf Club, 44291 S. Heritage Dr., Indio, CA 92201 (760-772-5755), Sat., Jan. 16, 2016, 2 to 4 p.m. - golf shirts are suggested attire. Celebrations in Vancouver and Seattle will be announced at a later date.
Forest Lawn, 69855 E. Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234, is entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project.
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Published by The Columbian on Jan. 8, 2016.
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My parents lived next to Homer & Marie back when they lived on "N" street in Vancouver so I knew Freddie before we were even in grade school. We both eventually moved but our parents remained close friends all their lives and I could always count on having fun with Freddie. Always liked to a joke and had a great sense of humor. As we got older, I naturally had Fred as our insurance agent. I moved away and we lost touch over the later years. I was surprised and sad to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace Freddie boy
Fredric Fink
January 3, 2020
Here it is , the beginning of 2018 and we still miss him, all of his golf buds at Heritage Palms. Yes Fred I'm still trying to keep my head down.
Jack Smith
January 4, 2017
His smile and caring will be missed. My condolence Jeannie.
BJ Ellithorpe
January 28, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with Jeannie and the Family. Fred was a great Member of Hazel Dell Grange and so supportive of David Wannamaker and myself when we were Washington State Grange Young Couple of the Year. Jeannie was the perfect compliment to this wonderful man and I was so blessed to have them both be a part of my life. With my love ,
Diane Wannamaker Tanner
January 26, 2016
I worked with Fred at GIA and enjoyed him immensely I will truly miss Fred and his humor. Our regards to his family and many friends, Fred you will be missed.
Rudy and Debbie Werle
January 22, 2016
Oh my gosh We are here in Lake Havasu and I was just reading the Columbian Newspaper on line and was shocked ! Jeanne my prayers are with you. I enjoyed always running into you two ! Fred and I always joked about him buying my Gold golf putter. He was our Grange agent for years and always enjoyed him so much. Prayers to the family
Irene and Ralph Schultz
Irene and Ralph Schultz
January 18, 2016
Only knew Fred for a short time, thought he was a great guy,very fun to be around.I am sure his family will miss him dearly, so sorry for your loss.
Michael Robbins
January 16, 2016
For several years I was friends with Fred and I'm sure he is in a better place now that he is in God's hands. My condolences to Michele, Greg, and my son, Ron Jr. Just remember the strength he gave you kids (adults now) to succeed in life. My prayers are with those mentioned and especially for Fred - my friend. I'll see you soon. RRood,Sr.
January 15, 2016
Fred was my classmate of FVHS '58. He added much laughter and smiles in his friendship to others. How could you forget the twinkle in his eye!!!
My condolences to his family.
Betty Cavin-Zesiger
January 14, 2016
Jeanne we are so sorry for your loss.
Greg and Jan Repman
January 13, 2016
I met Fred through golf and we seemed to click. I have so many good memories of golfing with Fred. I will miss him every time I step on a course we played.
January 11, 2016
For our dear friend Fred. He was living and opened his heart and home. He was loved. Rest in peace.
Lauren Edmiston
January 10, 2016
My condolences to the family...
Rick Freidel
January 10, 2016
He was truly one of a kind. He will be GREATLY missed. Loved him. Prayers & Love to Jeannie & Michelle & Greg
Janet, Virginia, Brian Dollar
January 10, 2016
Freddie was one of our golf group here in Vancouver. He really enjoyed taking our quarters. We will ALL miss Freddie.
Roy Kamp
January 9, 2016
growing up with Fred and his parents thru our younger life was always an experience . Our best to Jeannie, Michelle and Greg.
Ladd Ziegler
January 9, 2016
I knew Fred and his parents for most of my life, they were very nice people. Peace be with you Fred.
Dana Fink
January 8, 2016
Jeannie and family..Freddie was much like a brother. Through him I was taught in golf it is important to "keep my head down and follow through" Of coarse I didn't listen. He will be GREATLY missed. He was a super friend.
Darryl & Shar
January 8, 2016
Fred was the nicest people I've ever met.He was neighbor and a friend. He will be missed.
January 8, 2016
Sorry to read about Fred's passing
Bruce Daniels
January 8, 2016
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Bill Smith
January 8, 2016
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