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“I am the daughter of Leota Freds Furnas. Ralph was a cousin. I remember as a kid and we had reunions he and his family being there. After grandma...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Sharon Shumaker - Family

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It's hard to lose your loved one, but you will all have so many memories to treasure. He is now with his...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Lynette ( Freds ) Todd - Marshall, MI

“Prayers and hugs to the family, I am so sorry to hear the loss of Ralph, what a great guy he was and a great help with babysitting the kids when they...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Angie Jones-Bentley - Portage, MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family as we have lost a great man. Ralph was my neighbor for 8 great years and when he moved in he brought a...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Reverend Larry Lightfoot - MI

“Sorry for your loss.You will be in our prayers. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Kirk Gorby - Battlecreek, MI

“Deepest sympathy to the family . He was a great man . Always making everyone laugh . He will be greatly missed. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Kim Easey - Battle Creek, MI

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Ralph E. Freds, age 82, of Battle Creek, passed away Thursday evening, May 11, 2017 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Marshall, Michigan on April 13, 1935, the loving son of Cressel and Irene M. (Delaney) Freds. Ralph retired from Grand Trunk Railroad after more than 34 years of faithful service.

Ralph married the "Love of His Life", Elsie B. Main in Marshall on January 13, 1960; she sadly preceded him in death on July 7, 2006. He is survived by his children, Douglas Freds, Tim (Milissa) Freds, Tammy (Tim) Wygant, and Darrell (Pamela) Freds; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gary Freds. Ralph was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Dawn Freds; a daughter-in-law, Belinda Freds; and 2 sisters, Mary Malone, and Barb Favorite.

Ralph was a member of the PNA, and enjoyed playing poker, going to the casino and eating out with his family and friends. Ralph looked forward to his Friday morning breakfasts with his railroad buddies and Sunday afternoon meals with his family.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where funeral services to celebrate Ralph's life will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017 with Ralph's son-in-law, Pastor Tim Wygant of Garrison Hills Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the family or the charity of your choice. Personal messages for the family may be placed at