Fredric Alan McGruder, 68, of Patton, passed away October 21, 2018 at his residence after fighting a courageous battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA).
He was born November 14, 1949, in Poplar Bluff, MO to Wren and Verneal McGruder of Harviell, MO. Fred and his wife Sherry (Hill) of Vanduser, MO were united in marriage on August 21, 1993.
Fred worked most of his career with the Missouri State Tax Commission as an appraiser for the Southeast and South Central counties of Missouri. He was also a realtor in Jackson, MO and a loan officer for FmHA.
He was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp in the 1187th platoon, and remained in contact with his fellow marines throughout his life. In addition, he was a MO Hunter Education instructor and NRA shooting coach. Fred was a passionate outdoorsman and a true cowboy at heart who never met a stranger. He loved hunting, shooting for sport and pleasure, and riding his horses.
Fred was well known in his community for his giving heart. He often put aside his work on the farm to help others and was a regular volunteer with the Bollinger County Stray Project in Zalma.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry; three daughters: Suzanne Jaillet of Saint Louis, MO, Makayla and Ellie McGruder of Patton; two grandchildren: Wren and Cassiel Jaillet; siblings: Leah Gilmore of Ruston, LA, Charles Raymond McGruder of Franklin, MO, Joyce Christensen of Ely, NV, Dr. John McGruder of Cumming, GA, Dr. Jerry McGruder of Fayetteville, AR, Robert McGruder of Harviell, MO, and James McGruder of West Chester, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wren and Verneal McGruder and his siblings, Edward McGruder and Norma Atwell.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. Funeral services with military honors will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make your loving donations to the Bollinger County Stray Project, care of Marilyn Neville in Zalma, MO.