Fred W. Montrose, a beloved father and grandpa, ended his 96-year life journey on Thursday, July 30, 2020 while at home surrounded by his family. He was a thinker and entrepreneur who achieved much in his life due to his curiosity, intelligence and humility.
Born on April 18, 1924 in Denver, Colorado, he was a son of the late James and Josephine (Law) Montrose and brother of the late George and Bob Montrose. Fred was predeceased by his loving wife of 38 years, Florence Montrose, in 2012.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Fred began his career in the construction industry in the rapidly growing Denver area. As a young man, Fred was interested in flight and especially aerodynamics and participated in flying the large model airplanes of the day. He eventually started his own business, Fred W. Montrose Contractors, and tackled the challenges of combining leadership and innovation.
He had an entrepreneurial spirit that ultimately led him to the West Coast where he and Florence lived in California for some years. He started an automotive business called Western Auto in Fillmore, California and later after his retirement, purchased a bike shop.
Fred never tired and enjoyed being near the beach and most of all out on the water. He was an avid fisherman and excellent sailor who kept a scrapbook of the many nautical crafts he owned over the years. Although people looking through his book might immediately take notice of his detailed organization and general enthusiasm for boats, few would see Fred's genuine awe of God's wondrous water ways and the countless joy these vessels provided him over the years. In his later years, Fred also enjoyed woodworking.
Fred is loved and mourned by his son, Duwane and Terry Montrose of Greenville; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Shannon Montrose and Jennifer and Jason Hunsucker; seven great-grandchildren, Garrett Montrose, Tyler, Jacob, and Josie Hunsucker, Joshua Keith, and Taylor & Hunter Lawson. He also leaves a cousin, Carla and Bob McFadden of Evergreen, Colorado; a nephew, Jim and Carla Montrose; great-niece, Trudy and Robert Yaklich and their children Riley and Kaleb; a great-nephew Adam and Christen Montrose and his daughter Adeline Montrose. Fred was blessed to have a special canine companion, Gracie, by his side even in his last days. She filled a warm place in his heart.
Fred lived a full life and will always be remembered for his kind heart and love of the outdoors. A private service will be held at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
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