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Obituaries: Frederick Neil Endert(1937-2008)

Frederick Neil ("Fred") died early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, after a year-long fight against emphysema.

Over the past few weeks he was visited by several close relatives in-cluding two brothers, and on the eve of his passing, by his son, daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters. His daughter, Cathy, and son, Roger, were his daily care-givers.

Fred ("Ricky") Endert was born to Frank W. and Mary Virginia (MacMillan) Endert on April 26, 1937, in San Mateo. His family moved a lot—Burlingame, Menlo Park, San Jose, San Francisco, Vallejo and then to Crescent City. They lived for a while at Endert's Beach. Mr. Endert's grandfather, Fred Endert, had purchased the beach property which extended inland almost to the new section of highway. The property essentially became a side hill ranch. Mr. Endert helped his dad and brother milk 14 cows and raise livestock.

He attended Crescent Elk Elementary, joined 4-H, showed his heifers and pigs at the fair, and earned money selling rabbits and eggs.

In summer 1948, his parents separated.

Mr. Endert attended Redwood Union Elementary in Fort Dick in the fall of 1950. He spent his freshman year at Del Norte High, and then joined his mother in Lancaster where she was teaching elementary school. In 1955, he graduated from Antelope Valley Joint Union High in Lancaster.

Mr. Endert served his country in the U.S. Navy as a dental technician in Treasure Island DT3, followed by seven years of service in dental units elsewheres.

He married the former Barbara Joy Newman in 1959 after they met in an English class at Santa Ana Junior College. They moved to the Marine Corps Supply Center, Barstow, where their son, Roger Ross, was born. Their first daughter, Mary Catherine Joyce, was born in Orange almost a year later after moving to Santa Ana.

Mr. Endert left the Navy in the grade of Petty Officer, First Class, in 1963. He graduated from Santa Ana College and obtained a teaching degree in English from California State College, Long Beach, and subsequently a master's degree with an emphasis in poetry. He taught for four years at Pacifica High School, Garden Grove, and in 1971 he relocated his family to Eureka and began teaching at College of the Redwoods.

He enlisted in the National Guard in Eureka and later transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve Center, Ukiah, and later to the U.S. Army's 91st Division, Presidio, and San Francisco, where he completed drill sergeant training, and trained recruits at Fort Jackson, S.C., and elsewhere during the summer.

In 1974, Mr. Endert married his second wife, Kathy Huntley, followed by the birth of his second daughter, Allison May, in 1977.

Mr. Endert married his third wife, Barbra Armstrong, in 1985, and they enjoyed traveling to Australia (her native country), collecting antiques, and opening, for a short time, the Shady Lady Antique Store.

At College of the Redwoods, Mr. Endert taught English Composition, Basic English, Creative Writing, and Cinema Appreciation.

Perhaps his proudest accomplishment at the college was the creation of what is now the Cinema Department.

He retired in 1995 and continued collecting books and exploring new creative interests.

Mr. Endert was preceded in death by his father and mother, his stepfather, Wesley G. Hill, and his infant son, Roger Wesley Endert, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is survived by his three children, son Roger Ross (Polly) Endert, daughters MaryCatherine Joyce Endert, Eureka, and Allison May Endert (fiance, Andy Tatum), Santa Cruz; four granddaughters (and another on the way), Daphne, Camilla, Clare Endert, of Eureka, and Molly May Endert-Tatum, Santa Cruz.

He is also survived by two brothers, Roger F. Endert, Woodbridge, Va., and Francis W. (Bea) Endert, Santa Rosa; a half-brother, Roderick F. Endert, San Francisco; a half-sister, Kurtsie A. Endert; nephews Frederick E. (Melanie) Endert and Craig R. (Lisa) Endert, Keller, and Colleyville, Texas, respectively, Frank Endert Jr. (Suzie), Oakland, and Jason Endert (Alison), Santa Rosa; niece Heidi (Joseph) Harrison, Aquia, Va.; grand-nephews Craig Endert, Keller, Jacob and Caleb Endert, Colleyville; grand-nieces Chloe and Elise Endert, Keller, Isabella Endert, Colleyville, Lindsey, Lauren, and Kelly Harrison, Aquia, Va; and Wesley G. Hill's second wife, Catherine Hill, Santee.

The memorial service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Pierce Mortuary Chapel, Eureka. A private service for family will be held at St. Bernard Cemetery (Ocean View) at 1 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eureka Police Department Foundation, 604 C St., or Eureka Fire Department, 533 C St, Eureka, CA 95501.

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