Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 28, 2013

Earl "Fred" Frederick Chase II

TRAVERSE CITY — Earl "Fred" Frederick Chase II, 79, of Traverse City passed away Jan. 25, 2013, at Munson Medical Center.

Fred was born on May 20, 1933, to the late Earl Frederick and Mary Lou (Nampa) Chase.

Fred honorably served our country in the Korean War.

On June 23, 1961, Fred married Ruth E. Blue in Redford. His childhood years were spent between Detroit and Calumet. He also attended Leelanau Boys School and the Detroit Institute of Technology. He was a retired machine tool design checker.

In his spare time Fred enjoyed boating, woodworking and watching the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers.

Fred is survived by his wife, Ruth of Traverse City; daughters, Roxanna "Roxie" (Bill) Becker of Crystal Falls and Charlotte (Wayne) Houghton of Traverse City; grandchildren, Joe Holman II, Misty Nadeau, Eric (Jessie) Houghton, Sarah (Chris McNally) Houghton, Alex Houghton, Brittany (Brian) Maurer, and Danielle Houghton; and great-grandchildren, Cammie Molis, Abigail and Lucy Houghton, and two little ones coming soon. He is also survived by his dear childhood friend Lee David of Fort Meade, Fla.

Per Fred's wishes the family will remember him privately. A life celebration service will take place in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the VFW Cherryland Post #2780.

Please visit to share your thoughts and condolences with the family. The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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