Fred Zanocco Jr. (Freddie) passed peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 6, 2013, at his home in Nevada City, Calif. He was 62.
A celebration of life and potluck for Fred will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.
Fred was born Jan. 15, 1951, to Fred and Lavina (McCullough) Zanocco in Nevada City. He was born fifth out of six children. He attended school in Nevada City.
Growing up, he ran cattle with his family and soon moved onto logging. He met his bride-to-be, Patricia Marie Slocum, in 1973. A year later, she took his hand in marriage and he accepted the role of stepfather to her two sons. Soon after, their only child together, daughter Amy Lynn, was born.
Fred had a long career in the heavy equipment industries. One year ago, he retired from doing what he loved, working with operating engineers.
Fred enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was actively involved in racing at the Ernie Purcell Speedway, trapshooting at Nevada County Sportsmens and being a member in The Rodents Car Club. He enjoyed many hobbies such as hunting, fishing, camping, playing Santa for local childcare providers, and telling a great story or joke at local diners.
Fred was highly regarded by friends and colleagues and beloved by family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife Patty; daughter Amy Wasley (Andrew); stepsons Wm. Troy and James Vaughn; sisters Mary Bofman (Dick), Beth Bearry (Jerry), Cecilia Maine and Joey Eckenburg (Dick); brother Jake Zanocco (Karyl); grandchildren Dylan, Drew and Davin; step-grandchildren Alexandra, Meagan, Wesley, Tyler, Kyle and Kaitlyn; and many nieces and nephews.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Sr. and Lavina Zanocco; sister Shirley Gibson; and nephews Jesse Strohbin and Dean Bofman.
In lieu of flowers, donations for the family can be made through Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.