July 25, 1958 – July 7, 2017
Fred was born in Medford, Oregon to Josh and Ouida Barnum. He went to Heaven Friday, July 7, 2017 after his courageous battle with melanoma. Similar to how you could find Fred throughout his life, he was surrounded by his beloved family at the time of his passing.
Fred was raised in Ashland, Ore. and graduated from Ashland HS. He loved exploring the hills around Ashland with his dog, Honey. He loved animals and dogs were always a part of his life. Fred had an innate talent for woodworking and construction. He excelled in woodworking classes throughout school and his interest in construction continued to grow while working alongside his father. His determination and strong work ethic led him to obtain his own business license at age 18. His amazing work can be found in many homes and businesses around Southern Oregon and beyond, such as California, Alaska, and Hawaii. When he wasn’t building or remodeling custom homes and furniture, he spent his life playing and coaching sports, spending time with his friends, family, enjoying the great outdoors, rafting, fishing, hiking, swimming, and driving his sports car while jamming out to classic rock music. He especially loved coaching his kids’ basketball teams at Sacred Heart School and YMCA.
Fred is survived by his devoted children, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Joseph; former wife, Rose Barnum; his siblings, Robert (Lisa) Barnum, Leann (Bill) White, Claudia (Von) Jeska, and Sam (Mary) Barnum and their families. He was blessed to be part of a large and loving extended family with many nieces and nephews who looked up to him and adored his sense of humor and humongous heart. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ouida and F. J. Barnum Sr. A Rosary service will take place at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017. Fred’s memorial service is at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 21. Both services will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point. In lieu of donations, there is a fund set up in Fred’s name at Key Bank. The family would like to thank the staff at HOA, Providence Hospice, and friends and family for their prayers and support during this difficult time.
We love you Dad! - Forever in our hearts!