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James E. Fraunfelter

James E. “Ferd” Fraunfelter, Sr., of Amanda, passed away on his 85th birthday, Friday, January 2, 2015.  He was born January 2, 1930 and was the son of the late Marvin and Jessie (Thomas) Fraunfelter.  Ferd was a 1947 graduate of Amanda High School, served on the Amanda Clearcreek Board of Education and was active in the Alumni Association for many years.  He attended Ohio University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Chemical engineering.  He was a member of the All County Basketball Team in 1947, played in the all county band for several years.  He played trumpet, trombone and baritone/euphonium in a number of bands, orchestras and dance bands and taught brass instruments at Key Largo Middle School.  He was a member and past master of Amanda Lodge #509 F & AM for nearly 60 years, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Aladdin Shrine, Mahi Shrine in Miami, Florida, past president and life member of Marathon Shrine Club in Marathon, Florida, Horse Traders and Hill Billy degrees.  He enjoyed flying and was an instrument rated pilot. Past president, professional member and served several years as a national delegate of the American Society of Safety Engineers; Certified Safety Professional; Master level member Certified Hazard Control Manager; president for several years of the Circleville Safety Council.  Ferd spent many years as a first aid and CPR instructor for the American Red Cross.  He retired from PPG as a manager of safety and loss prevention.  He enjoyed shooting was a member of the Ohio State Trap Shooters and member of the Ohio and National Skeet Shooters Association and was a first team member of the 1995 All Ohio Senior Skeet Team.  Ferd was an avid member of the NRA.  He was life long member and elder of the Amanda Presbyterian Church, associate member and music leader of the Matecumbe United Methodist Church in Islamorada, FL.  He was also an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree for Meritorious recognition upon completing the course of instruction.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Delores “Dodie” (Shaffer) Fraunfelter; daughters, Peggy Ann (Herbert) Hendrix of Tarlton and Susan (Joe) Noble of Spring Valley, Ohio; grandchildren, Christopher (Brittany) Kirby, Kiel (Jamie) Noble, Amanda (James) Gunn and James E. Fraunfelter III; great grandchildren, Darian Keith Kirby, Lane and Hudson Noble and Cody Gunn.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James E. Fraunfelter Jr.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Taylor Funeral Home in Amanda with Rev. Elizabeth Tietz officiating.  Burial will follow in Amanda Twp. Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions to be made to the Amanda Presbyterian Church or Amanda Lodge #509 in Ferd’s memory.

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Peggy, Chris & Family,

My condolences on Mr. Fraunfelter's passing.  I am pleased that I got to meet him and he was certainly a gentleman and a good man.  Best wishes to you all.
-Jason Wagner

Jason Wagner Jan 8 2015 12:00 AM

Dodie, Susan, Peg and extended family
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss
Of your beloved Ferd. I have many fond memories of great times at your home when Susan and I were in high school. Thanks for allowing me to be part of your family and having those great moments gathered around the piano putting on our mini-concerts! May god bless your family and comfort you in your time of grief.
With love-Pam

Pamela Elder Jan 7 2015 12:00 AM

My prayers are with the family. God says that he has set a day on which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness and he has provided a guarantee to all men by resurrecting them from the dead Acts 17:31. May this bring you comfort along with your precious memories as you heal from your pain.

Paige Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

I worked with Ferd for many years at PPG.  Sorry to hear news, he was a good man.  God bless you and your family.

Terry Campbell Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

Country Blooms was sent by Dustin .

Please accept our condolences and know that you our in my thoughts. Love- Dustin & Ashley Jones

Dustin Jones Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

It was such a pleasure working with Ferd at PPG.   I am so glad I got to see him at PPG's picnic back in 2013.

My sympathy goes out to your family.

Connie Reed

Connie Reed Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM