December 10, 1921 – December 27, 2021
Howard Townley Fredeen passed away on December 27, 2021 at home with his family by his side. He had recently enjoyed his 100th birthday celebration with friends and family.
Howard was born in 1921 in the small town of Macrorie, Saskatchewan and he grew up on a nearby homestead. He attended university in Saskatoon and Edmonton before accepting a job with the Federal Agriculture Research Station in Lacombe, Alberta in 1947. In 1950 he took a brief hiatus from the Station to obtain a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Iowa State University. Howard worked at the Lacombe Research Station until his retirement in 1984. In the course of his work he frequently traveled internationally.
In 1953 Howard married Joan (Bryne) and they raised five children. His love of learning and the outdoors guided the family on many memorable adventures around Alberta and culminated in some extended wilderness canoe expeditions in Canada’s Arctic. He was active in many organizations including the Lacombe St. Andrew’s United Church, Boy Scouts, Alberta Canoe Association, Lacombe and District Centennial Choir, Lacombe Choral Society, Lacombe Lions Community Band and the Lacombe Historical Society. Howard played a major role in the production and publishing of the history books: “Lacombe: The First Century” (1982); “Lacombe: County, City, Community” (2015); and Lacombe’s St. Andrew’s United Church.
Howard is survived by his wife, Joan; and children Diane (Dave); Lee (Ron); John; Greg (Carol); and Nancy (Brian); as well as 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the excellent care and service provided by all home care and rehabilitation staff to Howard since 2017. His desire to spend his remaining time at home surrounded by family was fulfilled only because of the tremendous support they extended to Howard and Joan. We are forever grateful. Thank you from the entire Fredeen family!
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to: The Lacombe Palliative Care Society, PO Box 5576, Lacombe, AB T4L 1X2. Donations may be made online or by cheque at www.lacombepalliativecare.com
Condolences may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
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