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Frederick Tate Sr.

July 7, 1921-March 12, 2012

Frederick Henry "Fred" Tate Sr., 90, of Frazee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Frazee Care Center Assisted Living.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. It continues for one hour prior to Monday's services at the church.

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Monday, March 19 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Evergreen. Interment will be made in the church cemetery, with lunch to be hosted following the service for all to attend.

Furey Funeral Home in Frazee is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

Fred was born to Henry and Reata Mae (Bundy) Tate on July 7, 1921, in Winona. Their eldest son, he was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church at Winona.

As a boy, Fred attended school and worked some of his youth for his grandparents, the Bundy's, on their truck garden in Wisconsin, riding bicycle back and forth each day. When he was 17, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Lake City, Minn., where he was trained in heavy equipment and also was encouraged to finish his high school studies; which he did, graduating from Lake City High School.

Fred was transferred to the Fergus Falls C.C.C. camp. He met the love of his life there, Charlotte Cassel. He was in the C.C.C camp for two years. When he resigned, he proposed to Charlotte, on December 8, 1941. They were married February 1, 1942, and had 69½ years of married life.

They made their home in Lakeville for a time, where they worked checking pumps for a company. He also drove truck for Gamble Robinson and cut ice on Lake Winona and the Mississippi River. They also farmed in three locations around Winona, lastly on Stockton Ridge. There were five children born to this union between 1943-52.

Fred loved hunting the hills, and taught Hank how to hunt there. They moved to the Frazee area in 1959, where Fred farmed and drove for Daggett Truck line occasionally. He and Charlotte joined N.F.O., and worked hard to get a price for their fellow farmers. He worked for N.F.O. for many years, retiring in 1995.

Fred and Charlotte did a lot of traveling and some genealogy along the way. They found some lost family in Valentine, Neb. He enjoyed traveling to family reunions. He enjoyed fishing the area lakes and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Evergreen, since 1959.

Surviving Fred are his five children, Frederick Jr. (Sharon Karjala), Marie (Marvin) Parvi, Lucinda (Dennis) Hagen, Katherine (Dennis) Huwe and Charles (Vickie Feldt) Tate; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Evelyn Tate and Leona Tate; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding Fred in death were his parents; wife, Charlotte; and two brothers, Robert and Allen.