Fred Lanphier
(1922 - 2009)

Fred Lanphier

July 21, 1922

June 17, 2009

Fredrick “Fred” A. Lanphier, 86, quietly joined his Heavenly Father on June 17, 2009. He was a music lover/performer – instrumental, song and dance; and a wordsmith extraordinaire – poetry, sci-fi and war memoirs.
Born in Hutchinson, KS on July 21, 1922, Fred played French horn in the high school band and loved spending quiet days fishing with his father and grandfather. In the late 50s he lived in Long Island, NY; 1960-1980 Glendora and Glendale, CA; 1980-2003 Laguna Hills, CA prior to moving to Yuba City, CA.
Fred served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a Flying Tiger P-51 pilot in the CBI theatre. Captain Lanphier’s WWII memoirs are in the Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg, TX and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
He spent the majority of his working years in sales traveling all 50 states. His favorite activities were singing in church choirs, at piano bars, in a professional trio…and swing/latin ballroom dancing with his wife Dorothy, winning several dance contests.
Fred and Dorothy were very involved with the Orange County Christian Couples group (KC), the Orange County Professional Organ Guild, and activities with Dr. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove.
He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Dorothy Lanphier; sister Irene Martindell, Hutchinson, KS; son Lee (Cheryl) Lanphier, Talent, OR; daughters Debbie (Bob) Shetland, Mission Viejo, CA; Sharene Josephs, Sacramento, CA; and Sheila (Michael) Kelly-Houston, Yuba City, CA; 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 12:00 noon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Military Honors will be provided by the Beale AFB Honor Guard. Fred’s final resting place will be at Sacramento Valley Veterans National Cemetery, Dixon, CA.

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(Using Songs from the Gaither Gospel Music to Celebrate His Life)

Fred watched the Gaither Gospel Hour and heard Good Old Gospel Singing
It is no Secret what God can Do when The Old Gospel Ship is Ringing

God Bless America is a song we used to Sing
This Land is your Land & of course Let Freedom Ring

We sang about the Promises that he gave us One by One
Heaven's Joy Awaits Us when we Live within his Son

It's the Right Place and the Right Time to celebrate the life of Fred
With Old Friends on a Great Day, the Sweetest Words he ever Said

We lifted our glasses two years ago to recognize Fred's Pace
We learned from his poems with a Title Scan his belief in Amazing Grace

The Stars Bangled Banner, America the Beautiful & of course the Battle Hymn
When we sang these songs together, God blessed us to the Brim

Every Time I Feel the Spirit and hear How Great thou Art
I'll remember times together & Fred's singing from the Heart

The Blood will never lose it's Power as Fred has often Written
Our Bread upon the Water by the way that Christ was Smitten

And when Fred heard Gaither's greatest Hit to the Hall of Fame it must go
I've Just Seen Jesus is so powerful that it must deserve the glow

Love in any Language means you'll Never Walk Alone
Lean on Me, Redeemed, So High, Will put you at his Throne

I'm Bound for the Promised Land you know and My Country Tis of Thee
Bless his Holy Name I'm gona Sing to Keep my Country Free

So Soon and very Soon, When he calls I'll Fly Away
Let there truly be Peace on Earth on that bright and Glorious Day

When we gather at the River and our Life is really Scored
Fred will lead us in our singing When we get together with the Lord
Gary Bunney (Nephew)
July 18th, 2009
I didn't know Fred all that well (My fault) but I remember that every one of the discussions we had over the years were terrific! Also as a fellow aviator, we had some unique stuff in common.
Fred was a loving person of impeccable character.
Roddy Behlen (Uncle)
July 14th, 2009
Hi Dorothy
I am so sorry to hear about Fred. It was always a pleasure to see the both of you at the bank and work with you. I will always remember your wonderful stories about life adventures. I am sorry I missed you when you were in last with your cruise album. I hope I will get the opportunity again.
With sympathy
Kully (Banker)
July 14th, 2009
Dear Dorothy:

I was saddened to hear about Fred's passing. I just wanted to share a memory with you. As you know, he worked with us for a few years at PRL. He was always the bright spot of hope and encouragement. I always new, if things looked up or they looked down, from his perspective it was always positive and it would always turn out well.

His most remembered saying had to be, "there is no one worthless because even problem people can serve as an example of what not to do" (paraphrased). No matter the situation, he had a positive spin for it. This attitude helped get us through many trials and difficulties.

Thank you for sharing him with me during those PRL years. He significantly impacted my perspective and the way I deal with situations even today.

He will be missed by us until again, we see him with our Lord and Saviour.
David Gencarella
David Gencarella (friend)
July 13th, 2009
My Dearest Dorothy,
I am so sorry to hear about Fred's death. I will always remember you dancing together and being so jealous that my husband didn't do the same thing as you did, dipping and being so syncronized. He was truly a gentleman, and always said something nice to me and my husband at all the Unisys Christmas parties. My deepest condolences to you and all of your families.
Mary G
Mary Guerguerian (Dorothy's Friend)
July 13th, 2009
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"We were blessed 29 years ago to met Fred when he and Dorothy were married. Our visits were a joy. Fred's sense of humor, kind gentle ways will be in our hearts forever. His smile,like a candle, could light up a room. Wayne & Kathie 7-15-09"
Wayne & Kathie Christensen
July 15th, 2009
"I did not have the pleasure of knowing Fred, but I worked with Dorothy for many years. She would have such wonderful stories to tell about Fred and herself dancing and singing almost every day of the week. Dorothy, my love & prayers are with you."
Peggy McDivitt
July 13th, 2009
"I light a candle to a guy who was my Singing Buddy. We really enjoyed singing together and I will miss those times but I know that he is singing away in that place that knows no sunset or dawning. Here's to you, Fred!!!"
Gary Bunney
July 11th, 2009
"Uncle Fred lighted up the world with his energy and passion for his couunty USA with his life and love for all mankind. Kudos to Uncle Fred."
Steve & Daphne Martindell
June 28th, 2009


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