Fred loved to do genealogical and family history research and spent years tracing family lines, acquiring thousands of names and genealogical data. He was an impeccable researcher and left behind a substantial collection of written ancestor and family histories and biographies as a legacy for his descendants.
Fred was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many church leadership positions throughout his life. In addition to serving as assistant to the president of the Southern Far East Mission, he has served as a branch president; bishop of the Batesville Ward; a counselor in branch, ward and stake presidencies; seminary and Sunday school teacher; Young Men’s president, stake high councilor, Family History Center director, LDS temple sealer, ward mission leader, numerous positions in the Priesthood Quorums of the church and, most recently, as stake president of the Cincinnati Ohio Stake.
His loss is felt deeply by his family. Fred was a devoted husband and father of his children and grandchildren and will be remembered lovingly for his many kindnesses, his wonderful sense of humor, his extraordinary intelligence, his deep spirituality, his great wisdom and his profound testimony of and devout love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife; six sons and daughters, including Justin (Barbara) Rockwood, Bothell, Wash., Melissa (Derek) Adams, Highland, Utah, Jennifer (Kurt) Knight, Belmont, Mass., Katie (Jarom) Sidwell, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Elizabeth (Armando) Tirado, Woburn, Mass., and David Rockwood, Palo Alto, Calif. He is also survived by 17 and one-half grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Cincinnati Ohio Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 144 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, Ky. A visitation will be held at the same location from 9 a.m.-noon before the funeral.