Fred was a U.S. Army veteran. On September 13, 1968, he married the former Coral J. Bolt in Walker, Mich., and they had recently celebrated 50 years of marriage together. Fred and his wife, Coral, founded Competition Engineering in Marne and retired from that business (tool and die) in 1997. They also own Robbins Nest Apartments in Grand Haven and Marne Industrial Buildings in Marne. Fred was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved old cars and his Tuesdays in Florida with his friends for beer and hot dogs.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Coral; two children, Scott Wenell and Theresa (Jason) Braun; four grandchildren: Emma and Paige Wenell, J.J. and Coral Sue Braun; mother-in-law, Dena Bolt; brothers-in-law: Jay (Carolyn) Bolt, Roger Bolt and Dale Ozinga; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Frederick James; parents; sister, Elaine Ozinga; niece, Linda Veldboom; and father-in-law, John J. Bolt.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018, at The Lee Chapel of Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services, 6291 S. Harvey St., Norton Shores, MI 49444 (231-798-1100). Visitation with the family will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2018, and one hour prior to the service Monday morning. Burial will take place in Rosedale Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Mich. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fruitport Congregational United Church of Christ or the Harbor Hospice Foundation will be appreciated. Share memories with the family at their Online Guest Book at www.sytsemafh.com.