Fredrick Carl Tonn
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Fredrick Carl Tonn
  • May 30, 1943 - January 7, 2018
  • Houston, Texas

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ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!! FRED TONN, 74, OF HOUSTON, TEXAS, BLINKED HIS EYES CLOSED HERE ON EARTH AND BLINKED HIS EYES OPEN IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN WITH GOD HIS HEAVENLY FATHER, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WELCOMING HIM ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018. FRED WAS BORN ON MAY 30, 1943 AT THE FAMILY HOME IN MANHEIM, TEXAS. AT HIS BAPTISM ON JUNE 13, 1943 AT EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH IN MANHEIM, TEXAS FRED BECAME A MEMBER OF GOD'S FOREVER FAMILY. ON APRIL 14, 1957, SURROUNDED BY HIS CHRISTIAN FAMILY FRED CONFIRMED HIS BAPTISMAL VOWS AND JOINED THE LUTHERAN CHURCH-LCMS AT HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH IN WARDA, TEXAS. FRED'S LIFE'S PURPOSE WAS SHARING WITH EVERYONE HE MET THE PEACE, LOVE AND REDEMPTION OF JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR AND OUR FRIEND. HE ALWAYS LOVED TO PRAY WITH OTHERS AND HE LOVED THE QUESTIONS: WHAT DO YOU NEED JESUS TO DO FOR YOU TODAY? WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT JESUS WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP? HAVE YOU BEEN THINKING ABOUT JESUS MORE LATELY?

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

FRED'S MOTHER, LILLIAN CLARA ELIZABETH DUNK TONN, AND HIS FATHER, RUDOLPH ALVIN TONN WERE THERE WELCOMING FRED INTO HEAVEN ON JANUARY 7TH. FRED'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY HERE ON EARTH WHOM FRED LOVED AND TREASURED AND WHOM HE WILL BE WELCOMING TO HEAVEN AS THEY ARRIVE INCLUDE: HIS WIFE OF 40 YEARS, KATIE, OF HOUSTON; HIS SON, DAVID, OF HOUSTON; HIS SON PAUL AND HIS WIFE, MELISSA, AND THEIR 2 CHILDREN, EVELYN AND CHLOE, OF REED CITY, MICHIGAN; HIS BROTHER, TED, AND HIS WIFE LAVERNE, OF WARDA, TEXAS; 11 NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND THEIR SPOUSES; 4 GREAT NIECES AND NEPHEWS; ALONG WITH A HOST OF COUSINS AND OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. SPECIAL FAMILIES WHOM GOD BROUGHT INTO FRED'S LIFE TO SHARE LOVE AND PRAYERS WITH INCLUDED THE KEN BUEHRING FAMILY, THE MIKE HERGENRADER FAMILY, THE JACK ROBERTS FAMILY, THE ROGER GAIDE FAMILY AND THE JAY MATTERN FAMILY.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL GATHER DURING A VISITATION FROM 2:00 P.M. UNTIL 7:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 12TH AT WALTRIP FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 1415 CAMPBELL ROAD IN HOUSTON. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE 2:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018, IN THE SANCTUARY OF ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1515 HILLENDAHL, ALSO IN HOUSTON. THE REVEREND ANDREW ROETTJER WILL OFFICIATE.

IN LIEU OF ANY FLOWERS, FRED AND HIS FAMILY WOULD BE HONORED BY YOUR MEMORIAL GIFT TO ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH'S NEW SCHOOL THAT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. YOUR GIFT WILL IMPACT THE CURRENT STUDENTS AS WELL AS GENERATIONS YET UNBORN WHO WILL BE MEETING JESUS AS THEY ATTEND THE NEW SCHOOL THAT WILL BE OPENING FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR IN AUGUST. ANY GIFTS IN FRED'S MEMORY MAY BE MADE OUT TO ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH WITH FRED'S NAME IN THE MEMO LINE. ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL'S ADDRESS IS 1515 HILLENDAHL, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77055 AND THE WEBSITE IS: stmarkhouston.org