Precious husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2013, at age 85, surrounded by his loving family. “Friendly Freddie” was born October 26, 1927 in Lansing, Michigan, to Aaron and Francis Ruth Tabor.

Fred graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1945 and then served in the Army as a staff sergeant from 1945 to 1948. He married his sweetheart and lifelong soul mate Dee Harder in 1951. Fred had a smile that warmed your heart and a booming laugh that filled a room. He was a genuine man who always let you know where he stood. Fred loved to golf, hunt, fish, and play cards with his family and many wonderful friends. He loved going to the cottage on MacGilvery Lake to Bluegill fish and spend time with family and friends. Fred was a dedicated member of Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church and served in many capacities over the years. Fred retired from General Motors after 35 years of service.

Fred is survived by his wife of 62 years, Delores; sons, Fred (Miriam) Tabor, Doug Tabor, and John (Karen) Tabor; 6 grandchildren; 17 1/2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane (Robert) Pease and Jean Roath; and many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Emanuel First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48906, with Pastor Paul J. Lindloff officiating. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and for 1 hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church.

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    Sara Beland and Family Says:

    We are so sorry to lose Fred. We will surely miss him at Lake McGilvery. He had such a kind heart and a wonderful, contagious laugh. We’ve always enjoyed his entertaining stories, especially those involving time spent with his many great-grandchildren. Our hearts go out to the family and countless friends at this time.–Sara, Marvin, Cayden, Avery and Sophie

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    Trudy Says:

    God be with your family during this difficult time. I will miss Fred an our hugs. He was so loving and caring. I have special memories of both of you, Dee, stored in my heart. My prayers are with you.

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    Bradley Morris Says:

    I love you Uncle Fred, I’m going to miss you so much, rest easy with God by your side, I’m gonna be up there with you one day, you have given me some great memories that I will never forget, I’m so glad that you were in my life

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    Connie (Roath) Hewett Says:

    If love is the only currency that truly endures, Uncle Fred left this world a wealthy man, for he was both loved and beloved. He was a man who always had a smile on his face and a laugh in his belly. I have many precious and joyful memories of him and I am truly grateful that he was a part of my life and family. I send all of my love and prayers to Aunt Dee and the entire Tabor family, we all are truly blessed to have had Fred Tabor in our lives.

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