Fred Melbourne Beals

January 4, 1924June 13, 2011

Fred Melbourne Beals died June 13, 2011, at home in Bow, Washington with loving family by his side. Fred was born January 4, 1924 to Otis and Julia (Henderson) Beals in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He attended school in Hudson where he met and later married Althea (Fletcher) Beals on February 15, 1943 in Boston. In 1953 Fred and Althea moved to Washington State with their three young children. In 1960 and 1962 they added two more children to their family, living in Alderwood Manor, moving to Stanwood in 1970, and Bow in 2006. Before moving west, Fred engaged in various trades, but took great pride in his service as a police officer with the Hudson Police Association. After settling his family in Snohomish County, he served with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy, where he made many life-long friends. Fred worked in the meat processing industry in Seattle until purchasing the Silvana Cold Storage in 1968, eventually partnering his son Walter into the business. He found his passion in operating his own shop and providing excellent service to his customers. His reward was making every customer a friend and every friend a return customer. Although never entirely giving up his place at the cutting bench, Fred sold the Cold Storage in 1989. He and Althea enjoyed extensive RV’ing before establishing a winter home at Sun Vista Resort in Yuma, Arizona. There they enjoyed the warm weather and tremendous relationships, including his friends in the church choir. In addition to his driving commitment to family, Fred was involved in many charity functions, volunteering auctioneer services and raising money for meaningful causes. He was a regular at Muscular Dystrophy Association events and in Yuma sharpened knives for donations he gave to the LaConner Rotary Polio Plus Fund. Fred served a number of years on the Stanwood-Camano Fair Board, helping enhance the horse riding arena and making improvements to facilities and programs that still exist. He was also active with the Silvana Community Fair. Fred was a Paul Harris Fellow with the North Snohomish County Rotary, with 20 years of perfect attendance. He also served as a Snohomish County Airport Commissioner. Fred enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and hunting and could often be found fishing the lakes, rivers and salt waters of the Pacific Northwest as well as the west side of Vancouver Island. His great love was taking friends out in his bay boat, the SeaBee II, hitting the best fishing holes and rarely coming home with an empty fish box. Equally important were family trips to the ocean to dig razor clams. Fred was preceded in death by son Jeffrey Otis Beals, grandson Jason Samuel Beals and brother Robert Beals of Kentucky. Fred is survived by wife Althea of Bow, sons Walter (Mari) Beals of Concrete; Paul (Tima) Beals of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughters Barbara (Mark) Leander of Bow; Katherine (Jack) Turner of Lake Stevens; grandchildren USMC Sgt Matthew Leonard, Aaron Leonard and Scott Viboch; Jacob, Kelsie, Jeff, Jason (Carole) Leander; Drew Beals; and Elizabeth, Bowen and Tavish Beals. A special relationship with grandniece Kolleen Hancock, of Arizona also brightened his world. A memorial will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 1717 Larson Rd., Silvana, WA, on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements are by Weller Funeral Home, a memorial website at Memorial donations may be made to the LaConner Rotary Club ( Arrangements under the direction of Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, WA.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 2, 2011

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Kolleen Hancock

July 9, 2011

I love you uncle Fred and miss you dearly. I'm always looking for that next email. I will forever treasure our time together.

Teri Wolford

July 2, 2011

Althea I am so sorry to hear the sad news. Think of you all often remembering the good times we had rv'ng.
What a wonderful auctioneer lots of fun.
Teri Wolford.

Elizebeth Beals

July 2, 2011

I miss you already, Gramps..

Rolf and Jacquie Gartman

July 2, 2011

Fred was a wonderful friend. and we will miss his great smile and sense of humour. Rolf will miss going mushroom picking and our visits.
We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Kim Joseph

June 26, 2011

I am so sorry for your losses. I will always have fond memories of Fred and working part time one summer at the cold storage and of course at Playdays and 4H. Great memories of his daughter Barb and all their family. Thinking of you all.

Cheryl Meinke

June 26, 2011

So sorry to hear about Fred's passing. My heart goes out to all the family and friends.
Cheryl (Calkins) Meinke

Molly Lenaburg

June 20, 2011

Paul and family - I have fond memories of your father back in the 4-H and FFA days - it was at your house I first ate venison. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Molly (Fortner) Lenaburg

Janice Miller

June 19, 2011

Ahhh another great guy, God has called to heaven, it seems he only takes the best. Our family has known Fred for many years, always took our meat down to him, to cut and wrap, no one could do it as good. We are so sorry for your lost. May God be with you all, our prayers are with you. Love, The Miller Family

Dale, Sas, Kristin and Savannah McKee

June 18, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss. What a pleasure it was to have met Uncle Fred, as he called himself to us when he was here visiting Bob. He was a very fine man and we were all lucky to have known him for the short time that we did. We know he will be sadly missed by all. Your family will be in our prayers. Dale, Sas, Kristin, and Savannah McKee Calvert City Ky.