Robert Riley Frederick, the oldest of five sons, was born to Jasper Monroe Frederick and Alice Rose (Mitchell) Frederick on July 13, 1924, in a log cabin outside of Osage, Arkansas. Working to help support the family through the depression years, Robert attended a one-room country school house and later graduated from high school at The School of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, in 1946.
Robert marketed his experience raising fruit and vegetables. He made his way north to Pella, Iowa, in 1948 to work for the Marshall/Hi-C Canning Factory. His family followed in December 1949.
Robert met and later married Tena Kuiper on September 16, 1954. He worked many jobs following Hi-C, including managing the Sinclair Service Station in Pella. He is best known as a painting contractor, F & B Decorators, which he did for over fifty years. Robert was a devout Christian and loved the Lord. He attended the Open Bible, Berean Baptist, and Church of the Nazarene in Pella.
His hobbies included woodworking, writing, antiquing, playing his guitar, harmonica, and attending various auctions and flea markets.
Robert is survived by: his wife of fifty-eight years, Tena (Kuiper) Frederick of Pella; his children: Verlin Frederick of Waseca, Minnesota, Kevin Frederick of Granger, Iowa, and Leon (Michelle) Frederick of Ankeny, Iowa. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Holly Frederick, Stacey Frederick, Mallory (Shawn) Larsen, Brian Frederick, David Frederick, Ashley (Jesse) Greengard, Briana Thooft, Duane Thooft, Jr., Adam Teigland, and Rachel (Ebrima) Jallow; great-grandchildren, Jordan Hamilton, Kayden Crispin, Kaylee Larsen, Trinity Hagen, Alexis Greengard, Bryce Dougherty, Abigail Greengard, Harley Thooft, and Jacob Greengard.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Jasper in 1978 and Alice in 1986; his brothers, Floyd Frederick in 1995 and Freeman Frederick in 1991; and grandson, Joshua Robert Frederick in 1983.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Church of the Nazarene in Pella. Burial took place at the Graceland Cemetery in Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.