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Fred J Grunst
10/30/1945 — 09/01/2022
From Richland, WA | Born in Portland, ORWatch Service
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Fred J Grunst
Fred Grunst passed away on September 1, 2022, due to colon cancer complications. He was born in Portland, Oregon to parents, Clarence and Isabelle Grunst.
Fred grew up in Canyonville, Oregon and graduated from Canyonville High School in 1963. Fred was a natural athlete achieving Oregon State Records for football and track. He also played in the 1963 Oregon East-West Shriners Football game.
In 1964, he married Sharon Olson, and two daughters were born, Lisa and Trina.
Fred and Sharon relocated to Richland, Washington in 1981 starting new careers at the nuclear power plant. Previously, Fred owned a freeway Chevron Station in Tri City, Oregon.
Fred survived lung cancer in 2005 and returned to Energy Northwest following chemotherapy and rehabilitation. He was recognized as one of the best trainers to work with new officers. Everyone always commented on how much they enjoyed the stories that Fred would tell. In 2010, Fred retired from Energy Northwest after working there for nearly 30 years.
Throughout the years, Fred continued to excel in sports as shown by his considerable skill in golf, never being six strokes over par in a round. Prior to moving to Richland, Fred spent time camping, boating, and snowmobiling at the Olson family cabin at Diamond Lake, Oregon. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and working in the yard. Fred always had the greenest grass in the neighborhood. His dogs, Gabby and Cuda, went everywhere with him in his red truck, one on each side of the back seat. Fred was a University of Oregon fan as evidenced by the decals on his truck and Oregon jackets and shirts he wore every day.
Fred is survived by his wife, Sharon after 58 years of marriage and his two daughters (Lisa Fagan of Redmond, Oregon and Trina Valadez of Richland, Washington) as well as three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter (Tanner Adler, wife Alyssa and daughter Eleanor of Pasco, Washington, Madison Valadez of Richland, Washington, and Marcus Valadez of Black Diamond, Washington.) Also surviving is his sister, Jean Grunst Sword and husband Rick of Sandy, Oregon, and Jean Augustine Grunst of Bend, Oregon; his nephews, Michael Grunst, Allen Deaton, Kodie Wallace, and Erik Olson. Surviving nieces are Michelle Grunst, Tiffany Zarate, Shannon Frans, Mandy Anderson, and Kylie Wallace. Olson in-law family members surviving are Robert & Candy Olson, Diane & Danny Davidson, Colleen & Bob Deaton, and Elaine & Roger Wallace.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ralph Grunst, and his brother-in-law, Rueben Olson.
A Celebration of Life is planned for November 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Einan’s at Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, Washington.
Love and Prayers. Rip dear cousin
To Sharon, Lisa, and Trina
My husband, Scott, and I extend to you our condolences on your loss. I remember Fred at work as a jolly and wonderful man, always smiling. He never found anybody whom he did not like. We will all miss him. Goodbye, Fred, and may you Rest In Peace.
Sending thoughts and prayers to Sharon and family. I loved working with him! Such a wonderful guy!
Fred was such a kind, sweet, loving man and the world is a colder plane without him. My deepest condolences.
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER FRED AS A GREAT GUY & FRIEND. WE WERE CLASS MATES ALL THROUGH SCHOOL. WE LIVED MILES APART BUT WHEN WE HAD CLASS REUNIONS WE PICKED UP RIGHT WHERE WE LEFT OFF. WILL MISS YOU FRIEND.
Fred and Sharon lived at the end of Holly Street in Richland for many years, he had the most beautiful yard, and would always wave on his way up the street in the big red truck, with his two wonderful dogs. I am sorry to hear of his passing, we have missed Fred and Sharon since they moved.
Sharon and family, sincere condolences. Fred was a great guy and will be missed. Prayers for strength, comfort and peace.
Sharon so sorry to hear about Fred and for you. It’s must be so hard at this time in your life for this to happen. Sorry I can’t make it to this, but I’m on oxygen 24/7 and can’t travel long distances. Take care and hope the best for you and your family.💐
Sharon and family I am so sorry for loss. I will always remember walking past him and smelling his great Colonge! I will be contacting you Sharon #1 from Sharon #2. Hugs and kisses!