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Frederick Lee Latendresse
03/25/1939 — 05/30/2009
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Yakima, WA
Frederick Lee Latendresse
Frederick Fred L. Latendresse died Sunday May 3rd at Hospice House after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Yakima to Leonard & Virginia Latendresse on March 25, 1939.
In 1945 the family moved to Richland where Fred grew up. He graduated from Richland High School and WSU in Pullman. Upon graduation he went to work for the State of Washington where he retired.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Marc, mother Virginia and sisters Jan Strickland, Claire Jeff Huddle, two step daughters & son, nieces, nephews, aunt, cousins, the Victor Korotkov Family, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Debbie, his father Leonard, his brother Gene, his sister Linda Janin & nephew.
The family thanks the Nurse & Staff at Hospice At The Chaplaincy for their loving care.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336.
At Fred's request there will no services.
To the best man at my wedding and a man I counted as a friend nearly all my life. He will truly be missed.
I will miss Fred. He was a wonderful HR Manager and I enjoyed working with him. Fred had a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Fred was a friend for many years and a client of our firm for probably close to 20 years. He always was quick with a quip and enjoyed cracking Mormon jokes and I of course had to give back some Catholic jokes. But we always did so in good fun and true frienship. He was a favorite in our office where he was friendly and upbeat all the time. We will miss our friend Fred. Our condolences to Dorothy. Keith Christensen and staff.
Fred was a co-worker and cherished friend. I have so many memories of him and his antics. Sometimes he drove me crazy, but he always made me laugh. I loved him and will miss him.
I met Fred at McAllister Hall at WSU in 1959. In 1962 we were roommates for a year and he taught me the value of great classical music, of a good cup of coffee, the wonder of his 55 Chevy and the importance of goodness and true friends. He was the best man at my first wedding in 1963. We went to the World’s fair together and he taught me how good just a sprinkle of garlic powder in scrambled eggs tasted. I entered the USAF after 1964 graduation and we lost track for years. I few years ago I got in touch and we have talked alot in recent years. I will forever value his friendship and remember him. If any of you want to contact me please feel free; I would enjoy sharing thoughts with friends and family of this great buddy. I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our families were neighbors and our parents good friends for many years, all the time we kids were growing up. Gene and Freddie were older and we always looked up to them. What a nice guy.
Fred was a friend. We both came to Richland in 1945, but didn’t meet until our junior high years. Fred was a guy everyone wanted to know because of his wit and acceptance of people. He was popular.
Fred’s people skills became a great asset and he ascended to regional director of personnel for DSHS in Eastern Washington. It was there I rekindled a long distance friendship with him. When we talked, Fred always made me feel like I was important and of course, he made me laugh.
After retirement, Fred and Dorothy built and operated a bed and breakfast near Benton City. My wife and I were privileged to stay there for our 40th class reunion.
The Latendresse’s sold the bed and breakfast and bought property on the coast of Maine. They put in a lot of work on that home but almost as soon as it was finished, it was up for sale. They built another wonderful home, this time in Kennewick.
I was able to visit Fred in Kennewick several times.
Fred told me a couple of months ago that he had terminal cancer. I had tentatively planned on visiting him the latter part of May. Fred, I’m sorry. I wanted to share my heart with you one last time. Your friend, Ray.