Freddie Joe Kite

01/05/1940 — 06/20/2007

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Hollis, Oklahoma

Freddie Joe Kite

Fred J. Kite began a new journey on June 20, 2007 in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Fred was born on January 5, 1940 in Hollis, Oklahoma. He spent his youth in Sunland Tujunga, California where he married his high school sweetheart, Merle Ann Hart in 1959, and served two years in the Army stationed in Swabish Gmund, Germany. In 1978, Fred and his family moved to Kennewick.

Fred was a Communications Specialist for Fluor Hanford, Inc., and worked at the Hanford Site for 23 years, prior to that he spent 23 years with General Telephone. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and boating and loved watching his five grandsons play sports. Fred was also a huge hockey fan the ref’s were always wrong unless his team was winning. In 2006, he had the opportunity to hold the Stanley Cup while at Kadlec Medical Center, one of many highlights in his life. In 2004, at the age of 64, he climbed Mt. St. Helens with his family, but he especially loved the High Sierra Mountains of California. When asked about his greatest accomplishment his reply was “raising my three girls.”

Fred is survived by his wife of 48 years, Merle Ann; daughter Teresa Flores, her husband Steve and their sons Rich and Brian; daughter Cindy Andrews, her husband Steve and their sons Jim and Dennis and Jim’s wife Mellissa; and daughter Kathy Fishback and her son Tyler; his mother Phama Jo Kite; his sister Karen Vadman and her husband Russ; their son John; daughter Christine and their families; brother-in-law Dennis Hart and sisters-in-law Susie Hickey and Janie Lucy; a large extended family and many friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his father, Fred Jay Kite.

Fred’s family would like to thank; Roger and Sandy Fishback, Jamie Fishback and Alyssa Kupka for their love and support. We would also like to thank Dr. Kevin Weeks and everyone at the Tri-City Cancer Center and Kadlec Medical Center who touched Fred’s life in so many ways.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.leukemia-lymphoma.org. Friends may express their condolences and share their memories in the memorial guestbook on Einan’s Funeral Home website www.einansfuneralhome.com.

Fred’s refusal to quit carried us all through many difficult times. We will miss you!

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  • To Merle Ann and family. From Freddie’s little sister. My big brother, I used to follow him around everywhere. I was always there to hand him tools when he worked on his car. He loved to go hiking, we used to hike Big Tujunga Canyon together. Of course, we never went with out his dog Shadow.

    He will live on in my heart and memories forever.

    I will miss him more than I can say.

    I was sent these word from a friend.

    Nothing beautiful in this world is ever really lost.

    All things beloved live on in our hearts forever.

    Mourn not too long that he is gone, but rejoice forever that he was.

    The Beauty of a life well lived never dies, it continues to embrace and inspire us.

    I love you Freddie. I hope your up there fishing and just caught the big one.

    I love you Merle Ann, TC, Cindy, Kathy and familys.

    Feel blessed that he was in our life and we in his.

    Karen.

    Karen & Russ Vadman
    November 4, 2014
    Sunland, CA, US
  • To Merle Ann and family. From Freddie’s little sister. My big brother, I used to follow him around everywhere. I was always there to hand him tools when he worked on his car. He loved to go hiking, we used to hike Big Tujunga Canyon together. Of course, we never went with out his dog Shadow.

    He will live on in my heart and memories forever.

    I will miss him more than I can say.

    I was sent these word from a friend.

    Nothing beautiful in this world is ever really lost.

    All things beloved live on in our hearts forever.

    Mourn not too long that he is gone, but rejoice forever that he was.

    The Beauty of a life well lived never dies, it continues to embrace and inspire us.

    I love you Freddie. I hope your up there fishing and just caught the big one.

    I love you Merle Ann, TC, Cindy, Kathy and familys.

    Feel blessed that he was in our life and we in his.

    Karen.

    Karen & Russ Vadman
    November 4, 2014
    Sunland, CA, US
  • Dear Merle, Aunt Jo and family

    So sorry to hear that Freddie Joe lost his battle with leukemia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. Still have the memories of summers spent up there in Sunland at FJ and Jo’s house and the old swimming hole! And getting together at Grandpa and Grandma Kite’s house in Temple City. Remembering you!

    Milford Kite
    November 4, 2014
    Lakeview, AR,, 72642, USA
  • To my love, I will miss you until my life is over. I think of you everyday and remember all the wonderfull times we had togther as a family.you truly were a wonderfull DAD!!!!.I love you and I always.will. I miss you every day….. Love with all my heart……..Love Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Merle Ann Kite
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, US
  • My prayers are with you an your family, I will miss, Hearing Fred saying… Come on In… as I would Knock on his Door, He always had a big smile on his face, an loved to chat with us all. He will missed by those, who’s hearts he touched. May your memories of him be held close to your heart.

    Shirley Ochoa
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. You were always so kind and wonderful. I will always remember you, and your smile,you never complained,and fought so hard, even when I knew you were in so much pain,your pain is gone,but ours remains.

    Janet Roberts
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To my sister Merle Ann and her family my deapest Sympathy. I love you all very much.You have wonderful memories that will keep you going. Remember them and smile, Fred would want that.

    Love, Susie

    Susie
    November 4, 2014
    Sunland, CA, US
  • Dear Merle Ann and Family,

    Our heart aches for you –

    We are praying for your comfort during this difficult time.

    Wayne & Ann Michael
    November 4, 2014
    Ventura,, Californioa, US
  • I’m so sorry for your loss, Fred and your family have a special spot in our hearts. I always enjoyed visiting in his room and getting to know him and his hobbies. His happy personality made work a joy and he always had a good story or joke, I always knew I would leave his room smiling and laughing, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Jaime Hawks
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Merle and Kathy I am very sorry for your loss. The Willis family would like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to you.

    Greg, Sharon olan and Kaitlin

    Sharon Willis
    November 4, 2014
    eagle, creek, OR, US
  • I’m so sorry. My sincere condolences. I thought he was a man of strength, grace and good humor and I’m glad to have known him, even it it wasn’t very well. His family is a genuine legacy, and his 3 great daughters are a fine accomplishment.

    Peace to you all

    Jim

    jim hames
    November 4, 2014
    pasadena, CA, US
  • Merle, Theresa, Kathy, & Cindy

    Ken & I want to share our deepest sympathy in your loss, Merle, you have my support and friendship through this difficult time and I am so blessed to have known Fred as a friend, he was truly a inspiration to me in how a person conducts themselves in the face of adversity.

    Paula & Ken

    Paula & Kenneth Rosneberger
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Merle & Family~

    I am so sorry…

    I remember years ago, at Hanford, when Fred worked just down the hall. He was always in such a great mood, laughing, joking, and the life of the lunch room crowd!

    Years later, meeting Merle and “the girls” through a mutual friend, I understood why he was the way he was at work.

    I can’t recall where I heard or read this quote, but it is something like “Grief is the price we pay for Love…” again, I’m so sorry.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Ric Bricker

    Richard A. Bricker
    November 4, 2014
    Tri-Cities, WA, US
  • Dad I will miss you,

    Mom I love you.

    Love your daughter Cindy

    Cindy Andrews
    November 4, 2014
    Gig, Harbor, WA, US
  • Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Words cannot alone express how sorry I am.

    Steve Madden
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, US
  • Sorry for your loss. I worked with Fred for a couple of years at Hanford. I learned quite a bit about fiber optic circuits from him.

    He will be missed.

    Joe Kadinger
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I worked with Fred for 21 years. I learned so much from him…not just work, but life in general. He was a very dear man. I marvel at his upbeat attitude during his illness and frequent hospital stays. He was always so excited to see me or speak with me on the phone…he was a ray of light. I know that heaven welcomes him as an asset. God bless Merle and the rest of Fred’s family and friends. I will always remember and miss him!

    Betty Marin
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • My deepest sympathy to all the family. Fred was a great guy, he will be deeply missed.

    Bob Lynch
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • I miss you Dad…..

    Teresa
    November 4, 2014
    Menifee, CA, US
  • Merle & family;

    Oh yeah, Fred and hockey.

    It was always great to go to hockey games with Fred there. He was one step ahead of me to disagree with the ref

    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Aaron & Nancy

    Aaron & Nancy Hubbard
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, US