Fred G. Parent 1931-2019

Fred G. Parent

Fred G. Parent, 87, of Medford, passed away on Jan. 3, 2019 at Care Partners, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice. A memorial mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Phil Juza officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
Fred was born on April 24, 1931 in St. Cloud, Minn. to Gustave and Margaret (Brauch) Parent. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and the University of Minnesota – St. Paul. He was enlisted in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After school he worked for the US Forestry Department for nine years in Oregon. He moved to Medford in 1967 and continued working with the forestry department until his retirement in 1987. He married Mary (Trutwin) Denn on Sept. 6, 1957 in Loveland, Colo and she preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 1982. He later married Arlene “Archie” Stelzel on Nov. 16, 1985 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester and she survives. After retirement Fred spent five years working with the VNA. He was elected to the Taylor County Board in 1992 on the personnel and finance committee and continued until 2012. Fred was also the director of Group Health Trust from 1996 until 2012. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where he ushered for over 30 years.
In his spare time he enjoyed curling, traveling and spending time with Ron Brink.
In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by his children, Fred Denn of Yorktown, Va., Debora (Jesse) Noland, of Medford and Robert Parent of Wausau; step-children, Pat (Grace) Tischendorf of Dorchester, Micheal Tischendorf of Athens and Jan Tischendorf of Medford. Fred is also survived by seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary; and sisters, Janet Suraci and Margaret “Peggy” Schrantz.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Fred’s name may be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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