Fred Jay Pedersen Jr., life-long resident of Santa Rosa, passed away peacefully at 91 on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at his residence after suffering for several years with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born in Santa Rosa on December 29, 1922; to parents Irene and Fred Pedersen Sr. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1941 and spent a year attending Santa Rosa Junior College before going to work in San Francisco for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 1943 he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Military Police Battalion at the Presidio until he was discharged in 1946. While serving in the military, he married Winifred May Cleaveland of Santa Rosa in 1944. After discharge from the Army the couple settled in Santa Rosa and Fred joined his father in the family business, Pedersen’s Furniture.
Fred and his cousin, Bill Pedersen eventually took over the business from their fathers, Fred Sr. and Obert, and Fred remained active in operations until his retirement in 1979.
During his years as a Santa Rosa merchant, he was involved in numerous civic and trade associates including the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Association, Santa Rosa Trade Club, and the Sonoma County Tax Payers Association.
He was instrumental in starting the “Learn to Sail” program at Lake Ralphine and served on the board of Imperial Savings Corporation of America.
In 1965, he was the recipient of the Furniture World Award of Honor along with serving a term as president of the Retail Furniture Association of California. He was a founding member of the Russian River Fly Fishers, a long-time member of the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, and the Wild Oak Saddle Club.
From an early age, Fred was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors. He spent a lot of time with his father and later with his own children hunting and fishing around Dillon Beach and Tomales Bay.
As an adult, he was a deer and duck hunter and a master fly fisherman. Fred enjoyed dog companionship, golf, tennis, gardening, cooking, traveling, socializing with friends, and a good book.
Fred is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Winnie Pedersen and his sister, Jone Codding. He is survived by sons, Kenneth, Paul, Christian, and Jay; daughters-in-law, Barbara Sloat, Mary Kay Pedersen, Maureen Henry, and Shannon Pedersen; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
The Pedersen family wishes to express in deep appreciation the support and assistance we received during the last stage of our father’s life from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospice, Kathy Hicks, R.N. and especially from our devoted care-giver, Mark Musooba.
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