Frederick V. Tabor

  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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Brenda Lee
June 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Bless you Uncle Fred

Kathy & Hank Horney
June 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

We will miss his smile and friendly Hello !!!

Aileen (Bates) Fonda
June 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

So many great memories up at the lake! Your dad was a hoot….but very stern when the girls were around! Thanks, Mr. Tabor!

I am keeping you in my prayers. I know that Mr. Tabor’s life was filled with happiness and love. My deepest condolences.

God is Good….All the Time…..All the Time…..God is Good.

Donna Enyart Adkins
June 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Will miss seeing him fishing on the lake. I am so glad we were able to reconnect after all these years. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you as you make this difficult journey.

Leslie Watson
June 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

May the God of all Comfort be with you at this time of sorrow. I know you have many wonderful memories of your husband and dad. He was a good friend and brought lots of sunshine into many people’s lives.

Connie (Roath) Hewett
June 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm

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.

Bradley Morris
June 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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

June 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

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.

Sara Beland and Family
June 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

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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