James E. âFerdâ 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 bachelorâs 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 âDodieâ (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 Ferdâs memory.