Fredric C. Hurlbut

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Fredric C. Hurlbut, 89, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the VA Hospital or Hospice Compassus. Online condolences:

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the funeral home. Reverend Matthea Haecker, Reverend Chris Marshall, and Reverend Don Swanson will officiate. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fredric was born December 8, 1930, in Muscatine, the son of Paul and Elma Mae Ruckles Hurlbut. He graduated from Muscatine High School, class of 1949. He married Johannah S. Schubick on June 4, 1950, at the First Baptist Church in Muscatine.

Fredric is a veteran of the United States Army. He served with distinction in the 15th U.S. Infantry during the Korean Conflict as a tank gunner.

He was a proud member of Local 387 Plumbers and Pipefitters, retiring in December of 1992. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Fredric enjoyed making copper bracelets and woodworking. He especially enjoyed making his custom walking sticks that he sent to over 200 family and friends. He was an avid gardener and was very fond of his fruit trees. He loved sharing his peaches and apples with many, especially when they ended up in his wife’s apple pie.

Fredric is survived by his wife, Johannah S. Hurlbut of Muscatine; three children, Bret Hurlbut and wife Denise, and their children, Ilana and Travis, and their families; Jason Hurlbut and wife Carolyn, and their children, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Alexandria; and Jenifer Gosset and husband Greg, and their children, Brad and Jennifer, and their families, all of Muscatine; and numerous extended family members.

He was preceded in death by a son in infancy; his parents; and seven brothers, Allen, Charles, Gayle, Merle, Wildon, Paul, and Robert.