Frederick Alfred Gainforth, 81, of Traverse City, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. He was born on Oct. 27, 1936 in Akron Township, Tuscola County, to Alfred and Lola (Adams) Gainforth.
Fred graduated from Sebewaing High School in 1955. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an MP, stationed in Tokyo, Japan. He later returned to Sebewaing and married Carol Bounting on May 12, 1962. They moved to Traverse City in December of 1964 where he continued to live for the remainder of his life. Fred was a Deputy Sheriff for Grand Traverse County until his retirement in 1999.
Fred was a kind, compassionate, loving person who had many friends. He was quick to smile, make a joke and loved to tease. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and bowling, and liked listening to Elvis and Johnny Cash. Fred loved to eat out and was friendly to all he met.
Fred is survived by his children, Jim Gainforth, of Kinross, Jay (Sue) Gainforth, of Holland, and Julie Gainforth, of Traverse City; grandchildren, Brandon and Anna Gainforth; former wife and caregiver, Carol (Ted) Roney; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vern and Buck Gainforth; an infant sister; and nephew, Rick Gainforth.
The family would like to thank Fred's doctors and their staff, and Shelley at Country Pleasures Assisted Living and their staff for the excellent care they gave Fred during his residence there.
Memorial services will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, Traverse City. The family will greet friends starting at 11 a.m. Private burial will take place at a later date.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America at www.dementiasociety.org/donate.
Published on January 11, 2018