Fred Bower, 81, went home to be with the Lord on November 20, 2018 in Bryan, Texas with his wife and children by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, JoAnn Davis Bower and his children, Diana (Bower) and Steve Warden of Flowood, Mississippi and Frederick Mark and Nancy Bower of San Marcos, California along with his Grandchildren Ashley (Bower) and Kevin Pollard of San Marcos, California, Brittany Bower of Encinitas, California, Jessica Warden of Brandon, Mississippi, Zachary Warden of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Alexandra Warden of Nashville, Tennessee. He was also blessed with four great grandsons – Steven Finley Warden, Brayden Marshall Pollard, Landon Emery Pollard and Ethan Frederick Pollard.
Fred was born on December 17th, 1936 in Waukegan, Illinois the only child of Frederick Clarence and Jewel Bower. He grew up in San Pedro, California graduating San Pedro High School where he met his wife to be JoAnn Davis. Fred attended Long Beach State University and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. After several years of minor league baseball he dedicated himself to a career in the baking industry, starting at the DiCarlo Bakery in San Pedro. He married JoAnn on June 21, 1958 and attended the American Institute of Baking.
He continued his career in baking with the Continental Baking Company (Wonder Bread), spent 10 years as President of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts before becoming a partner in and President of Mid-South Bakeries, a series of McDonald’s dedicated bakeries across the south and south east headquartered in Bryan, Texas. He was past president of the American Society of Bakers and long-standing member of the American Bakery Association. Fred won the prestigious Silver Fox award – a life time achievement award presented by the McDonald’s Corporation to a deserving vendor/supplier partner.
Fred was a born again Christian and attended Central Baptist Church. He and JoAnn enjoyed golf and traveled extensively both for business and family. Golf was always included whenever possible. Fred was a dedicated family man and loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as often as possible. He enjoyed watching all level of sports but his favorite trip was to Augusta, Georgia to watch the Masters golf tournament which he attended on numerous occasions.
The family would like to extend its utmost appreciation to all the medical staff who assisted Fred over the past 15 months especially those at the Bryan Cancer Clinic, MD Anderson and Brazos County Hospice. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Brazos County Hospice or the Ronald McDonald House.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 11am at Central Baptist Church at 1991 FM 158 College Station, Texas with Senior Pastor Chris Osborne officiating.