Fred Tedford '71 September 29, 2023 6:52 PM updated: September 29, 2023 7:02 PM
Frederick J. "Fred" Tedford
March 12, 1949 - July 14, 2023
Frederick J. "Fred" Tedford passed away July 14, 2023 at Peacehealth Riverbend Hospital, Springfield, Oregon, at the age of 74. He had been in ill health for several years. He was born in San Antonio, Texas to Eugene E. and Evelyn Whipp Tedford. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio in l967. He received his BS Geology '71 with Honors and MS Geology '77 Cum Laude from Texas A&M University where he was a Michael T. Halbouty Scholar.
He was an enthusiastic geology student which led to a successful career as an Engineering Geologist at Raba Engineering, San Antonio, and Exploration Geologist with Exxon and Vice President Offshore Exploration at Transco Exploration Company, Houston, Texas. In a career change after leaving the Energy Industry, he owned Schlotzsky's Delis in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. He joined the Census Bureau in 2009 for the 2010 Census initially to set up the new electronic scanners and ended up managing the enumerators and data for Eastern and Southern Oregon. He retired in 2011.
He married his high school sweetheart, Janet Dobbs Tedford and they recently celebrated their 55th anniversary. They had two sons, Daniel (Michele) and Andrew, and two grandchildren, Gabriel and Makena. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking, and was an avid fan of opera, ballet and the symphony. He excelled at barbequing. He was curious about everything and was such a cool nerd. He had a close relationship with the Lord and we know he is finally getting answers to all this questions.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother Donald E. Tedford. He is survived by his beloved wife, sons, grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
The family would like to express appreciation to the staff at Peacehealth for their care and attention. There will be no funeral. Please direct memorials to your favorite charity. He would like for you to think of this Earth and how small we all are, but blessed to be on it. He will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Andreason's.