Fred White unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in his Indianapolis apartment after a short illness. I was glad to be reconnected with Fred when he moved here a year or so ago. Fred was in my brother, Randy’s class at Scattergood Friends School. They were Freshmen my Senior year.
When Fred came up to me the first time at North Meadow Circle of Friends, I didn’t recognize him, having not seen him since Scattergood. Fred became a regular participant in our weekly Peace Vigil in front of the Federal building in downtown Indianapolis, every Friday evening. During those hours we had chances to catch up on each other’s lives. Fred was looking for work since his proofreading skills were no longer in demand. Most recently he had worked things out for retirement.
Fred had applied for membership at North Meadow Circle of Friends. I was going to be on his membership clearness committee. A number of North Meadow Friends have expressed their appreciation for Fred’s presence a number of times since his death. Some of their comments:
“Sad news. He had been a witness for peace and environmental concerns.”
“This is very sad. I was going to be on his clearness committee. I trust he has gone on to a place clarity without me.”
“This comes at a time that we/I already feel the tremendous loss of another. I’m glad we have offered support.”
“I gave Fred a ride home from Meeting a few weeks ago. We had a very nice conversation. He told me he worked for years as a proofreader.”
“I will miss Fred. I am sad he will not be at meeting”
Fred White unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in his Indianapolis apartment after a short illness. A 1973 graduate of Scattergood Friends School, Fred lived most of his life as a proofreader in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, only recently moving to Indiana to be closer to family. Fred was a staunch Democrat who appreciated a friendly debate with friends. Since retiring, he has enjoyed participating in peace rallies. He regularly attended North Meadow Circle of Friends. Fred will be missed by his sister, Deborah (Stephen) Blake of Pendleton, Indiana; nieces, Melissa (Derrick) Turner of Locust Grove, Virginia, Angela (Adam) Evans of Springport, Indiana and Jessica Blake of Pendleton; three great-nieces and five great-nephews; also several very close cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother and nephew. A memorial service will be held at Ovid Community Church, 793 E. 600 S., Anderson, Indiana 46013 on Monday, January 16, 2017. Open visitation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an informal service to follow. There will be no graveside services at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to North Meadow Circle of Friends, 1710 N. Talbott St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Lahm Chapel, Pendleton, Indiana is assisting with arrangements.
Here is Fred with North Meadow Friends Gilbert Kuhn and David and Dinah Duvall at a rally related to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, downtown Indianapolis, this past fall.