Frederick Collins “Fred” Padget III. passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Indiana. He was born on April 11, 1935 in Canton, Michigan. The last Padget family member to be born at home.
In loving remembrance, we mourn the passing of Fred the III, a beloved father, cherished grandfather, dear brother, devoted uncle, and a treasured companion to Pamela Wegner for over twenty years. He was also a wonderful friend, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew him.
As we say our farewells, we carry the memory of those who have gone before him: his beloved mother Marion Moore Padget, his father Frederick Collins Padget Jr., his sister Mary Ann Cross (Padget), and his grandchildren Michelle Diane Padget, Mathew C. Moran and Zachary A. Carver.
He leaves behind his beloved children (and spouses) Colleen Oglevee (Randy), Elizabeth Umbel (Todd), Frederick Collins Padget IV (Peggy), Martin Padget and Dr. James Spychalski.
He also leaves behind cherished grandchildren: Ashley, Gary, Bryce, Spencer and Julia as well as great-grandchildren: Quinn, Ayden and Johnathon.
Frederick’s passing is deeply felt by his dear brothers, Robert M. Padget (Kitty) and John W. Padget who shared special bonds with him throughout his life.
Frederick C. Padget III’s education began at Palmer School, a one-room country schoolhouse in Canton Township, Michigan, where he attended kindergarten through eighth grade all under one teacher. Several years he was the only one in his grade, and he had the nickname ‘Buster’. This is where his love for learning took root. He later attended Ypsilanti High School and shortly thereafter was inducted into the Army serving his country in a proud and committed way.
After serving our country he pursued a higher education at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and at Evansville University in Indiana where he obtained a Master’s Degree in accounting and developed a deep affection for the Purple Aces. He was the first member of the Padget family to earn a college degree.
Evansville, Indiana became his adopted city, and he embraced it wholeheartedly. Actively involved in making his city better, he was a dedicated member of the Westside Improvement Association, serving as treasurer and later as President for several years. He also contributed to the progress of Evansville through his involvement on the board and as treasurer of the United Neighborhoods of Evansville.
Fred had a gift for storytelling, often sharing his tales over a cup of coffee or just in passing. His favorite saying, “I’m a staunch middle of the roader,” reflected his balanced and fair-minded nature.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Julie, his wonderful nurse at Deaconess Hospital for extraordinary care she provided during his time there. They also express appreciation to all the compassionate nurses and staff at the Linda E. White Hospice Home who cared for him in his final days on this earth.
As Frederick Collins Padget III departs this world, his family wishes him farewell with the words, “May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.” His memory will forever live in their hearts and his contributions to the community will be a lasting legacy.
Visitation will be from 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, August 16, 2023 with memorial service starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Meyer Chapel 100 E. Columbia St. Evansville, IN 47711 (812) 424-9288.
Sympathy wishes to the family may be made at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Titzer Family Funeral Homes.