Fay D. (known as Fred) Hargrove, 89, of Longmont, died Monday, March 26, 2007 at Applewood Living Center.
Fay was born in Atlanta, GA on February 20, 1918, to Albert Sidney and Lillian Dorsey Hargrove. He was the middle child of six children. He became known as Fred in the first grade to everyone except his Mom who continued to call him Fay. In his early teens the family moved to San Antonio, Texas so his father could find work during the Depression. Fred participated in the CCC in West Texas. He dropped out of school and joined the Army, also serving in West Texas. After his hitch was up he joined the Navy to get out of West Texas and see the world.
On December 7, 1941 he was aboard the USS Tangier, AV8, in Pearl Harbor. When the Japanese attacked, he went to his duty station which was up in the Crows nest area to make sure communications were not disrupted. Fred said he was eyeball to eyeball with the Japanese pilots during the attack. The Tangier was tied to the same buoy as the USS Utah, which was sunk. Fred remembered seeing the USS Arizona blowing up. In August 1942, he was aboard the USS Astoria, a heavy cruiser, when it was sunk by the Japanese at Savo Island. Later in the war he was chief radioman on PBM Mariner seaplanes. He was recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and five Air Medals. Amazingly he never suffered a scratch during the entire war.
Fred stayed in the Navy after the war until retiring in 1958. He then joined the FAA and was involved in opening the Longmont Center. Fred was an avid RVer, and a member of the Nelson Road Southern Baptist Church in Longmont. He was also a Master Mason, York Rite Mason, and Shriner of the El Jebel Shrine.
Fred was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Mary Ethelyn Carlen Hargrove in 1983; his siblings, Mary, Robert, Sidney, Helen, and Nell; a grandson, Cody Alan Hargrove; and his beloved poodles, Prince Valiant and Silver.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Knaus) Norrish Richart Hargrove of Longmont, whom he married in 1985. Fred is also survived by his son, Gary and his wife, Deweese, granddaughter, Renee, grandson, Scott, and great-grandson, Josh, all of Albuquerque, NM; son, Lynn and his wife, Sandy, of rural Berthoud, CO; step-daughter, Barbara Peppler and her husband, Mel, of Longmont, CO; numerous step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren.
He was a good man, a great father, and a steadfast friend.
Visitation will be held at Howe Mortuary, Longmont from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2007. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at Howe Mortuary with Reverend Gerald Brock officiating. Interment will be at Foothills Gardens of Memory, Longmont. Military honors will be provided by the Longmont American Legion, Post 32, in conjunction with the US Navy Honor Detail.
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