Fred Elmer VanEaton
September 17, 1942 – August 30, 2018
Fred E. Vaneaton passed away Aug. 30 after a long illness. Fred was born in Chillicothe, Missouri on Sept. 17, 1942. He leaves behind his loving wife Marianne; two daughters Cynthia Donaldson and Marsha Lake; Grandchildren Heather Lake and Aaron Lake. Fred was employed with Continental Airlines for 37 years. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
- Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, September 6, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, September 6, 2018
Fred Elmer VanEaton
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September 6, 2018
I met Fred in June, 1956 when we were both 13 (my family had moved to Chillicothe, MO in May, 1956). I met him at a 4-H meeting. We were in a farming community a few miles South of Chillicothe, MO. As time went by, we became the best of friends! When we turned 16 and got our driver's licenses we ran around together on many Friday and Sat nites.
After high school we went our separate ways--different colleges and then different employers a few hundred miles apart which meant we pretty much lost contact with each other. Both sets of our parents still lived near Chillicothe so we did see each other once in awhile. With the arrival of email, we started emailing each other about 2005. We also talked on the phone from time to time.
The first trip I took after my retirement in 2011 was to see Fred and Marianne. It took us about 3 days to go down memory lane as we had a stockpile of memories. Of course, we also did some sight seeing in the Houston area. The last time I saw Fred (and Marianne) was in the summer of 2014 when my wife, Jo Ann and I vacationed in TX. We continued to email and telephone until maybe 6 months ago when Fred went in and out of the hospitals. I did have a brief conversation about 2 months ago.
I shall miss you my friend.
September 4, 2018
I had the distinct pleasure and honor of working with Fred at Continental Airlines in Kansas City both at the old Municipal airport and at the new airport when it open in 1972.. Fred was always there to support and share the workload with his fellow employees. Ileft Kansas City in 1977 , but I did not lose contract with Fred.. Over the years we cherished those early year and fond memories we had of them....My condolences to Fred's family and his loves ones..........R.I.P. old friend.....
September 3, 2018
Good memories of Fred and the men I remember working with as we attempted
to load/unload a jet freighter twice a night in the allotted ground time. Fred was a cheerful, outgoing fellow and hard working. It was a pleasure to see Fred and Marianne checking in for their flights back to Houston. Fred was a good friend.
Good memories. Bill and Mary Lou