A devoted father, loving husband, and faithful friend, Fred McKethan died Friday, February 3, 2017, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Fred was born January 17, 1954 in San Benito, Texas to Fred and Nita McKethan and grew up in Victoria, Texas. After attending Texas A&M University (’78), Fred continued to live in College Station until his move to Kilgore in 1996 which gave him the opportunity for the new and lasting friendships that he so cherished. Fred studied industrial distribution at Texas A&M and worked in the oil and gas industry his entire adult life, most recently with Coastal Chemical. He loved a project, was the consummate host, honored a confidence, and was loyal and steadfast in his love for family and friends.
Fred is survived by his wife Laura Nichols McKethan and five sons—Derrick McKethan (Kelley) of Bryan, John Abright (Amanda) of The Woodlands, Brandon McKethan (Wendy) of St. Louis, MO, Travis McKethan (Sabrina) of Denton, and David Stanley (Sarah) of Kilgore. His father
Fred A. McKethan of Bryan preceded him in death; Fred is survived by his mother Nita and sisters Brenda Osbon (Jim) of Driftwood and Rhonda Faltysek (Duane) of College Station, as well as his mother-in-law Nina Nichols of Kilgore. His grandchildren Taylor Ann, Matthew, Cooper, and Sam brought him incredible joy.
His family would like to thank his caregivers Jennifer Johns and Teresa Moore, Hearts Way Hospice, the First Presbyterian Church family, Coastal Chemical, and Citizens National Bank for the unfailing support they have received during Fred’s journey.
Services will be held under the direction of Rader Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore with Dr. Bill Holda officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the East Texas Treatment Center, First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, or Saturday Bread.
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