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Fred W. Vandivort

Born: Sun., Jun. 5, 1932
Died: Fri., Mar. 18, 2016


Memorial Service

Sat., Mar. 26, 2016
Location: Country Estates Southern Baptist Church


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Fred W. Vandivort June 5, 1932 - March 18, 2016

Fred is rejoicing to be with his Creator, Lord and Savior.

Fred was born in Dickson County, Tennessee, the seventh of eight children. When he was 20 years old he left the family farm and joined the US Navy. He served around the world aboard the USS Lake Champlain as a Gunners Mate until 1956. In 1957 he joined the Air Force and worked on and with guided missiles. He was stationed at George AFB, Victorville, California in 1959 when he met Kay Shepard at a USO dance. They were married five months later and have been married almost 57 years and have two sons.

Over eighteen years he served his country in California, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Alaska, Germany and Korea. Retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1975, they settled in Topeka, Kansas to be near Kay’s mother and other family. Fred worked for two years as an office machines repairman. Twelve years as a vocational instructor for the state prison and for three years he was a maintenance man for the school district.

In 1992 he answered God’s call to be a Southern Baptist Mission Service Corps Volunteer in King Salmon, Alaska where he had been stationed for a year in 1973. His dream of returning to Alaska had finally come true! He as pastor and Kay as helper ministered to, worked with and loved the precious people of this small, isolated village for seven years. They both would say those were the most memorable of their lives.

Then, in 1999, they felt a new “mission field” was calling, four of their grandchildren in Hereford, Arizona. They joined Country Estates So. Baptist Church where Fred was very involved as Associate Pastor, teacher and caretaker of the buildings. He taught a Bible class almost every week for seven years at the jail in Bisbee. He wrote many letters to the Sierra Vista Herald defending and promoting creation and witnessing for his Lord and Creator, Jesus Christ. Over the years he made several trips and spent many months filling in for pastors in Alaska at villages like Nome, Kotzebue, Kobuk, Ekwok and Cold Bay. He would go anywhere to serve his Lord and was delighted it was his beloved Alaska.

Fred was devoted to and loved God, his country, his wife, his sons and grandchildren, his brothers and sisters and Jennifer and Jackie and Monica and Nathan Yarbrough. And of course, all the rest of his family and many dear friends.

Missing him forever will be Kay, sons Daniel and David and grandchildren Nathan, Nick, Ben, Lauren and Joe.

Thank you Monica for years of endless, loving care. Also thanks to Kathy, Christi, and Helga.

Hospice nurses from Casa de la Paz. They were so very kind and helpful.

Fred requested in lieu of flowers please give to Baptist Global Response 1-866-359-2846.

There will be a memorial service at Country Estates Southern Baptist Church,

5700 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista, AZ on Saturday, March 26 at 12:00 noon.

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