Frederick “Fred” Zimmerly Burnham

11/07/1955 — 05/15/2013

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Richland, WA

Frederick “Fred” Zimmerly Burnham

Frederick Zimmerly Burnham Nov 7, 1955- May 15, 2013

Fred passed peacefully into the arms of Our Lord after a brief, but tough, fight with pneumonia. Fred began his journey to re-join his parents dressed in his Tux and wearing his Albertsons "The Boss' name tag.

Fred was the only son of Jo and Fred Burnham both deceased. Fred's parents came to Richland in 1944 from Illinois with Jo's sister June Hill and her family. Fred was born and raised in Richland. He is survived by his cousins: Dick Dorothy Hill, John Carolyn Hill, and Shawna David McVicker; his Best Friend John Esty; friend Amy Carrigan; caregiver Nichelle Wallskog; guardian Sharon Rhodes.

Fred lived a good life. He was loved. He recently retired from Albertsons after 22 years! He was active in the ARC of Tri-Cities, Special Olympics, and more recently Adult Day Services. He loved bowling, basketball, baseball, dancing and food! The Mariners, Lakers, and Bulls were his Teams.

Per his cousin Dick Hill "Fred was a gentle, loving person who always had big plans. Fred loved family activities, especially when relatives and friends congregated on the 4th of July for eating, swimming and fireworks. Facilitated by his parents, Fred was involved in many activities and had many friends."

The ARC of Tri-Cities and the Albertson's on Lee Blvd. in Richland were true blessings in Fred's life for many, many years. They added meaning to his life.

To honor his parent's wishes a private graveside service was held May 20th.

However, to honor and acknowledge Fred's life and his love of people, social events and food, we are having a Celebration Event Monday June 10, 2013 at the Memories at Sunset Event Center. If you knew Fred, you are more than welcome to attend. A Buffet dinner will be served during the Celebration from 5:30p.m to 8:00p.m.

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  • Freddy-

    Congratulations on a life well lived. When I was 6 years old you gave me my firstof manylessons regarding the importance of “different”…not better, not worse…just different. I’ve volunteered,coached, and officiated various Special Olympics events for 40 years and when people ask me how I got involved, I tell them about my childhood buddy, Freddy.

    Thanks for the positive impact you have had and still have on my life. I wish I could be there on the 10th, but too far to travel…you’ll be in my thoughts.

    Gary Turner
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, USA
  • I remember Fred’s weekly connection at C3 Columbia Community Church near his home. He and long time friend, John, always sat on the second row middle right side. I know this world benefited greatly by Fred’s dedication to life and I am confident beyond measure of his new life in eternity with his living savior Jesus Christ. We grieve alongside the family and especially, John, whom we know and love as well.

    Adam

    C3

    Adam Hrebeniuk
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, 99352.0
  • I will miss you fred I miss u shaking ur fist at me and playing sports together the teams will never be the same again

    michael butler
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • I miss him cause I grew up with him and he use to shake he’s finger at me when I picked on him.

    wayne knowles
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • I loved it when he use to steal my french fries. I use to call him freddy flinstone.

    angel kenney
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • I didn’t know fred very well but he was a great and funny careing guy u will be missed

    debbie neff
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • Good friend & buddy to John. One of God’s purest souls who taught us all a lot.

    Gary & Marla Jackson
    November 4, 2014
    UT
  • Freddy-

    Congratulations on a life well lived. When I was 6 years old you gave me my firstof manylessons regarding the importance of “different”…not better, not worse…just different. I’ve volunteered,coached, and officiated various Special Olympics events for 40 years and when people ask me how I got involved, I tell them about my childhood buddy, Freddy.

    Thanks for the positive impact you have had and still have on my life. I wish I could be there on the 10th, but too far to travel…you’ll be in my thoughts.

    Gary Turner
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, USA
  • I remember Fred’s weekly connection at C3 Columbia Community Church near his home. He and long time friend, John, always sat on the second row middle right side. I know this world benefited greatly by Fred’s dedication to life and I am confident beyond measure of his new life in eternity with his living savior Jesus Christ. We grieve alongside the family and especially, John, whom we know and love as well.

    Adam

    C3

    Adam Hrebeniuk
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, 99352.0
  • I will miss you fred I miss u shaking ur fist at me and playing sports together the teams will never be the same again

    michael butler
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • I miss him cause I grew up with him and he use to shake he’s finger at me when I picked on him.

    wayne knowles
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • I loved it when he use to steal my french fries. I use to call him freddy flinstone.

    angel kenney
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • I didn’t know fred very well but he was a great and funny careing guy u will be missed

    debbie neff
    November 4, 2014
    kennewick, WA, usa
  • Good friend & buddy to John. One of God’s purest souls who taught us all a lot.

    Gary & Marla Jackson
    November 4, 2014
    UT