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Vivian Fread

May 31, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Services for Vivian Maxine Fread of Ruthven were Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven with Rev. Greg Jorgensen officiating. Inurnment was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. She died Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Ruthven.

Vivian Maxine (Roland) Fread, daughter of George Glendon Roland and Violet Fern (Harris) Roland was born in Ruthven, Iowa on January 7, 1923. Vivian met the love of her life, Kenneth Earl Fread, after graduating from Ruthven High School in 1941. They were united in marriage on August 30, 1944, while Kenneth was serving in the U.S. Navy. They lived in Norfolk, VA when first married. Five children were born into the family: Roger, Barbara, Nancy, Patricia and Lisa.

Kenneth and Vivian settled in Ruthven, making it their home for their entire life. Vivian was the typical farm wife, caring for the children, cooking, gardening and raising chickens on a farm north of Ruthven. They moved to town after purchasing the Ruthven Produce in 1961.

In the fall of 1970, Kenneth and Vivian took a giant leap of faith in the Ruthven community and built the Lost Island Golf Course on the northeast corner of Lost Island Lake. Vivian labored alongside her husband and others picking rock, building greens and tees, and developing the landscape by planting trees, shrubs and flowers. Vivian ran the clubhouse, serving many hungry golfers great meals and snacks.

Vivian passed away May 27, 2018 at the lakeside home of Craig and Lisa Markley in Ruthven, Iowa, where she had been residing.

Vivian is survived by one son, Roger (Karen Lee) of New Sharon, Iowa; and two daughters, Barbara (Chester) Garrett of Williamston, SC and Lisa (Craig) Markley of Ames, IA. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Fread, Regina (Maury) Anderson, Melanie (Ben) Dugan, Josh (Casey) Garrett, Kayla Cable and Cody Markley; and nine great-grandchildren: Rowan and Ashlyn Fread, Isaac and Jillian Anderson, Colin Dugan, Taylor and Lylah Garrett, and Kennedi and Madeline Cable; two sisters Betty Cuklanz and Helen Enderson; brothers-in-law Richard Mingus and Alan Enderson; and sisters-in-law Jean Roland, Nancy Roland, Jean Fread, Marjorie Fread and Bette Fread, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, two children Nancy (2009) and Patricia (infancy), her parents, brothers Donald Roland, Charles Roland, Robert Roland and Dean Roland and sisters Darlene Nissen and Mary Mingus



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