Reinhard Ephraim “R. E.” or “Ren” Frederking passed away peacefully at home with family Nov. 24, 2013, following a brief struggle with cancer. He was 100.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, refreshments following.
Ren was born June 6, 1913, in Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada, to Gustav E. and Wilhelmina (nee Schultz) Frederking and was the middle of nine children.
Ren taught grades one through eight in one-room schools, played baseball and hockey and sang light opera through the 1930s. He was a pilot during WWII, serving as a flight instructor.
Following the war, Ren earned a bachelor of commerce degree with honors in Economics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. During this time, he helped startup oil companies.
Ren then earned a masters in economics at the University of Southern California. Flying to Los Angeles, he met his future wife, Elva B. Pearson, also from Edmonton, who was working in Hollywood as a commercial artist. After graduation, Ren worked for Prudential Insurance as a research specialist.
Ren and Elva moved their growing family back to Canada for a few years where Ren resumed working in oil while Elva developed her career as a painter in oils. In 1957, they moved back to California to stay.
Building Anaheim Central Industrial Park was Ren’s biggest real estate effort. He researched mines of the Gold Country, moving to Grass Valley in 1978 to be closer to his mining interests.
Loving golf, Ren and Elva spent winters near Palm Springs, playing golf almost daily, continuing after Elva’s death until balance issues forced him to quit in 2003.
In the early 1990s, Ren dove into genealogy. This motivated him to learn the computer, helping him develop an even more wide-ranging network of friends.
Ren had an exceptional memory, always wanting to know people’s names and backgrounds, and was noted for his perceptive questions that drew people into conversation.
Ren is survived by his youngest sister, Eleanor G. Schlosser (George) of Calgary, Alberta, and by his three sons, William Richard, Gregory Wise and Ronald Lawrence, Greg’s wife Shawn Marie (nee Delight) and their two children, Riley Marie Frederking and Christopher William Frederking, his wife, Lauren Michelle (nee Rouleau), and their son, Isaac Walter Frederking.
Ren was preceded in death by his wife, Elva (1987), his parents, and the rest of his brothers and sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills and Cancer Aid-Thrift Shop of Grass Valley.