The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

February 20, 2014

Frederick Joseph McFadden Jr.

EBENSBURG — McFADDEN – Frederick Joseph Jr., 94, Ebensburg, passed away Feb. 19, 2014, at home, with his family at his bedside. Born Aug. 23, 1919, in Philadelphia, son of the late Frederick Joseph Sr. and Dorothy (Reineke) McFadden. Preceded in death by his brother, Henry. Survived by wife of almost 67 years, Jean (Crock) McFadden; children, Virginia M. Gesell, and husband, Tom, State College; Frederick J. “Mick” McFadden III, and wife, Annette, Ebensburg; and Mary McFadden Boyle, and husband, Mark, Morgantown, W.Va.; grandchildren, Jeremiah Hyslop, Evergreen, Colo.; Dionne McFadden Persio (Kevin), Daphne McFadden Matlin (Ken), Frederick J. “Joe” McFadden IV (Tricia) and Amanda Morningstar, all of Ebensburg; Brienne Boyle Caranosos (Tommy), Gainesville, Fla.; and Ryan and Tyler Boyle, Morgantown, W.Va.; and great-grandchildren, Estella, Nova, Angelo, Camryn, Mitchell, Frederick J. “Joey” McFadden V, Tristan, Evia and Maia. Also survived by brothers, Charles McFadden, Atlanta, Ga.; and David McFadden, Summerfield, Fla. A lifelong native of Ebensburg, Fred attended Holy Name Grade School, Ebensburg-Cambria High School (Class of 1937) and attended St. Joseph College in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the college swim team. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he and a buddy decided to enlist. Lines at the Navy recruiting office were too long, so they walked across the hall to the Army recruiting center where they signed up for training with the Army Aviation Cadets. He attended preflight schooling in Santa Anna, Calif., and then on to Roswell, N.M., for bombardier training. He was assigned to navigation school in Carlsbad, N.M., and served as a bombardier/navigator. He flew 54 missions out of Naples, Leone and Foggia, Italy. He was the recipient of the Air Medal, with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and American Theater and European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with three Clusters with the 12th Air Force. Upon returning home in 1945, he met his future wife and was married to Jean on April 12, 1947. Fred was a successful businessman in the Ebensburg area. He established and was president and owner of Cambria Tractor and Equipment Co., Ebensburg. He had served as a former director at U.S. National Bank, Johnstown; U.S. Bancorp, Johnstown; past president of Ebensburg Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of U.S. National Bank Advisory Board; past chairman and member of Cambria County Planning Commission; past director of Northern Cambria Junior Achievement; and past director of Cambria County War Memorial Authority and Cambria County Blind Association. He was a lifelong member of Holy Name Church. An avid golfer, he held memberships at Ebensburg Country Club and Sunnehanna Country Club. He and his wife wintered in Naples, Fla., beginning in 1975. Fred would tell you that his family was the most important thing in his life. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Church. Entombment, Holy Name Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to Holy Name Catholic School, 500 N. Julian St., Ebensburg, Pa. 15931, or to the charity of your choice. Special thanks are extended to Fred’s caregivers, Anna Mae Bracken, Home Nursing Agency, Home Health Hospice and Home Instead. Your care and compassion will long be remembered by all of us.

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