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In Memory of

Fremont O. Burrows

March 18, 1928 - July 25, 2017

Obituary


Fremont Oscar Burrows was born on March 18, 1928 in Chehalis, WA. He was the son of Fremont G. Burrows and Irene M. (Mock) Burrows. He had a sister (Dorothy) Jeanne Burrows who died in 1951. Fremont O. grew up in Chehalis in the family home on Washington Avenue and attended Chehalis schools. He graduated from the "old" Chehalis High School in 1946, and attended college at WSU before transferring to the University of Washington.

He married Pauline A. (Kostick) Burrows in 1951, before entering military service as a Lieutenant with the Army Engineers...

Fremont Oscar Burrows was born on March 18, 1928 in Chehalis, WA. He was the son of Fremont G. Burrows and Irene M. (Mock) Burrows. He had a sister (Dorothy) Jeanne Burrows who died in 1951. Fremont O. grew up in Chehalis in the family home on Washington Avenue and attended Chehalis schools. He graduated from the "old" Chehalis High School in 1946, and attended college at WSU before transferring to the University of Washington.

He married Pauline A. (Kostick) Burrows in 1951, before entering military service as a Lieutenant with the Army Engineers in the Korean War. He and Pauline had 3 children; Bill, Robert, and John; born in that order. They made their home in the house they built in 1957 on 18th Street in Chehalis.

After military service, he attended the University of Washington, earning a Masters Degree in Ceramic Engineering. Back home in Chehalis, he became one of the principals in the family business alongside his father, Fremont G. Burrows. Chehalis Brick and Tile was started in 1902 by his grandfather, George Burrows, and several other partners. Fremont O. managed the business until he retired in 1989. The business was liquidated after that, however, some of the structures are still in use on the outskirts of Chehalis.

Pauline passed away in 1974, but Fremont O. continued to live in the house on 18th Street. He later built a vacation home on Hartstene Island, splitting his time between locations. He was a single parent to John, who was still a young boy and was living at home, while his older sons, Bill and Bob, had already left home for work and to attend college.

He met his 2nd wife, Anne Ev (Stefon) Burrows, through mutual friends. They married in 1980, living primarily in the home on 18th Street until Anne Ev needed to move to a special medical care facility. Fremont remained in the home until recently.

Fremont O. was an avid outdoorsman. He delighted in hunting and fishing with his sons and father, as well as other relatives and friends. His great passion in his younger days was pheasant hunting. He was quite proud of the fact that at times, his hunting party included 3 generations of Burrows; his father, himself, and his sons. Another aspect of these activities was raising his beloved Springer Spaniel hunting dogs. At times they achieved a status akin to children.

Fishing trips, like hunting trips, were a family affair; often with 3 generations involved. There would be the usual assortment of tackle and boats, and for good measure, a family camping trailer in tow.

As he got older, hunting became more difficult, so fishing tended to eclipse hunting. He spent a great deal of time saltwater fishing and making yearly trips to British Columbia to catch Salmon. The owners of Haa-Nee-Naa Lodge got to know him by first name.

As was family tradition, he was active in the Chehalis United Methodist Church. He served on the church board, and took a great interest in church building improvement projects. He was a long time member of the Kiwanis Club, joining in 1957, and serving as president from 1978 - 1979. He was a member of the Legion of Honor, and was awarded the 60 year Lifetime Achievement Award just before his passing.

Fremont O. is survived by his sons; Bill, Bob and John Burrows; 3 grandsons; and a granddaughter. He leaves behind 3 step children; and a number of step grandchildren from his marriage to Anne Ev.

Visitation may be made from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Friday, August 11, and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 12, at Sticklin Funeral Chapel, 1437 S Gold St, Centralia. Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 12th, at Chehalis United Methodist Church, 16 S Market Blvd, Chehalis. A reception will follow the service in the church hall.