Fredrick E. Vail

July 28, 1951 - June 22, 2022

Fredrick E Vail

Fredrick E. Vail, 70, of rural Edna, passed away the morning of Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at his home.

Fredrick Eugene Vail was born on July 28, 1951, to Raymond Eugene and Carol Sue (Engler) Vail in Parsons, Kansas.  He grew up and attended school in the Angola area.  While attending Labette County High School, he ran cross country.  Following graduating from LCHS in 1969, he attended Coffeyville Community College.

In 1969, he also started working at Funk Manufacturing, which later became John Deere Company.  He retired in 2008.  Throughout those years, Fredrick also farmed and raised cattle.

He was a member of the Angola United Methodist Church.  From 2013 to 2021, Fredrick served two terms as a Labette County Commissioner.  In earlier years, he enjoyed team roping and riding motorcycles, and was the proud owner of a 1951 Panhead Harley.  He also enjoyed working on old tractors.

On December 8, 1984, he and Anita R. Tunstall were united in marriage at the Angola United Methodist Church.  She survives of the home.

Survivors include:

His wife – Anita, of the home

One son – Matthew Vail and his wife, Fern, of Oswego, Kansas

One daughter – Kimberly Hawks and her husband, Jay, of Lawrence, Kansas

Two step-sons – Christopher Martin of Pittsburg, Kansas

Sean Wyrick of Coffeyville, Kansas

Eight grandchildren – Jared Hawks, Dalton Hawks, Breanna Vail, Rileigh Vail, Allie Vail, Megan Wyrick, Raeleigh Wyrick, Maekenna Wyrick

One great-granddaughter – Sterling Akin

Mother – Carol Bowen of Coffeyville, Kansas

Step-mother – Lois Kay Vail of Cherryvale, Kansas

Three brothers – Martin Vail and his wife, Koko, of Coffeyville, Kansas

Jeff Vail of Coffeyville, Kansas

Joe Vail and his wife, Shelly, of Austin, Texas

One sister – Karen Gudde and her husband, Robert, of Edna, Kansas

He was preceded in death by his father; and two brothers, Rod Vail and Danny Vail.

There will be a graveside service at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Richland Cemetery in rural Angola.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the KU Endowment to benefit the KU Cancer Research Center.  These may be left at or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS  67357.