Freddie “Fred” Joe Abernathy

07/18/1940 - 04/02/2019

Freddie Joe “Fred” Abernathy, 78, Kansas City, KS, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019 and funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 both at Larkin & Garcia Funeral Care with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City, KS. A luncheon will follow burial at the Moose Lodge 1999 in Kansas City, KS, where Fred was a member. All are welcome and encouraged to join the family to celebrate and share stories of his colorful life. Fred was born the third of five children on July 18, 1940, in Kansas City, Kansas the son of Robert J. Abernathy and Rose (Phoenix) Abernathy. Fred worked several jobs before starting his own business in 1966, Abernathy’s Tree Service, his son David joined him in the business and continues to operate it. Over the years, he cleared trees for many large projects including the widening project of Parallel Parkway as well as countless residential jobs. Family was very important to Fred and he loved large gatherings and holidays. Nothing made him happier than a big cookout at his house with all his family and loved ones enjoying his park like backyard. Over the years, riding his motorcycle, taking his boat out, float trips and camping in his RV’s were favorite pastimes. He especially enjoyed traveling, concerts and visiting small towns across Kansas and Missouri in his later years. He was also a huge Hank Williams Sr. fan, as shown by his HANK SR personalized license plate. As described in the many newspaper stories saved over the years and firsthand accounts he loved to share, Fred lived his life on his own terms. He seldom followed rules and never worried about consequences. There will never be another like him and the world is a less interesting place without him in it. Survivors include five children, Teresa Abernathy, Overland Park, KS; Freddie Jr. (Sharon), Lenexa, KS; Peggy Calhoon (Tim), Kansas City, KS; Kimberly Kooken (Eric), Kansas City, KS, and David Abernathy (Theresa), Kansas City, KS; his former wife and love of his life, Nancy Abernathy, five grandchildren Ashley, Christopher, Jessica, Travis and Dakota and four great grandchildren Ethan, Nicholas, Tysen and Kayleigh. Fred is preceded in death by his parents, four siblings; Bob, Bill, David and Rose Ann and two grandchildren; Nicole and Brian.

19 Responses

  1. CS Carey, Inc. says:

    We had many years with Fred as a customer and enjoyed every time we saw him. He was a very sweet and pleasant man and we as well as many others will miss him greatly.

  2. Sherry steenstry-Abernathy says:

    love u R.I.P uncle Fred,

  3. Lori Flowers says:

    One of the nicest, funniest guys. He will be missed.

  4. Susan Campbell says:

    A sad time, I’m sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your dad but from reading about him he sounds like a wonderful man and my kind of people. RIP

  5. Virginia Farris says:

    So sorry for your loss. Fred was a good friend and had alot of them too.We all will miss him.Rest in peace Fred. My prayers are with you all.

  6. Bud & Carolyn says:

    Sending lots of Love & Prayers to All. Bud & Carolyn

  7. Denise Hendley says:

    Peggy,Kim, David,

    I’am so sorry for your loss, He was a good man Always enjoyed going over to his house for birthday parties or a hoilday function, He will me greatly miss by all. Love you guys.

    Denise and Kevin

  8. Cindy Abernathy furlong says:

    Loved uncle Fred haven’t seen him in years but I’ll never forget my younger years living in kck and visiting him.

  9. Crecinda says:

    So sorry for your loss! Thinking of you all during this difficult time!

  10. James Tuttle says:

    Truly sorry to hear this. Our little family is poorer now.

  11. Mike and Margie Smith says:

    Fred was a true friend. He called my husband “pooper scooper” and my husband called him “tree trimmin’ sucker”. Always fun to be around. Fred always had a smile. Such an awesome man. We will miss him for sure. Rest in Paradise Fred. Until we meet again.
    Margie & Mike Smith

  12. Brenda Stacer says:

    So sorry for the familes loss…

  13. Shirley Allenbrand says:

    Fred and Sharon my thoughts and prayers for the loss of your father.

  14. Barb and Dan Rowe says:

    Fred and family, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for sweet memories of fun times to sustain you and to keep you.

  15. Kimberly says:

    Miss you. Love you. ❤️

  16. Michaelle Rehm says:

    David & Kim, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Iwill be thinking of you and your family during this time.

  17. Rev. George otten says:

    A person who was very giving and will be missed greatly

  18. Hillary Steenstry says:

    My heart goes out to the family and all are in my prayers. Wish I was able to be there. Love you all

  19. Jamie Ensigb says:

    To our friend, be free!
    Always.enjoyed being a copatron at the many places we visited. Love always, Jamie

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