Charles (Chuck) E. Frederick

Charles (Chuck) E. Frederick, 78, passed away peacefully July 26, 2014. He was born August 1, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clarence E. and Veronica A. Frederick. Charles graduated from King City, Missouri High School in 1952 and spent his adult life in Kansas City, Missouri developing a business as a manufacturer’s representative. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years, Clara A. VanLeeuwen, to whom he was devoted. Both Charles and Clara were members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Church, known as “Redemptorist Church”. They served two years as Papal Volunteer missionaries in Kansas City, Kansas. He and Clara spent countless hours making rosaries that were sent to Clara’s brother in India, Father Joe VanLeeuwen. Charles was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing golf with his brothers and friends. He particularly enjoyed a good game of bridge. Together, he and Clara enjoyed jazz and classical music. Charles was an ardent reader and was seldom found without a book in his hand. His chocolate sheet cakes were eagerly anticipated at family gatherings. Charles served in the United States Army Infantry as an Expert Sharpshooter and elite member of his unit’s Rife Team. He was honorably discharged after two years of service. His keen wit and sense of humor will be sadly missed. Survivors include: Brother, Joe Frederick and his wife Marilyn of Leawood, Kansas; brother, Pat Frederick and his wife Sheila of Ridgedale, Missouri; sister, Kathleen Hammer and her husband Gary of Hollister, Missouri; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles is to be cremated with a memorial service to be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3333 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be alongside his beloved wife, Clara, at the St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul, Kansas. The family has requested donations be made to an Alzheimer’s Research Foundation in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

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