Fredrick Howard Squires, Jr. 77, rural Wabash, died at 7:55 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. He was born Sept. 2, 1936 in Lafayette, to Fredrick Howard, Sr. and Dorothy (Brant) Squires. He married Constance Ann Shick in LaPorte, on Aug. 25, 1963.
Fred graduated from Wabash High School in 1954, received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1958 and a Masters Degree from Ball State in 1966. While at Purdue, Fred was a member of Kappa Sigma and Iron Key. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Wabash and attended the First United Methodist Church.
Fred’s professional career included teaching history, counseling and coaching students in various sports in Huntington, Nappanee and Wabash before working for Beauchamp and McSpadden Insurance.
Though Fred positively influenced many lives through his professional career, it is his role as a leader in the community of Wabash that made a profound impact. Recognized as the 2012 Wabash Distinguished Citizen, Fred’s participation in community work would take up several columns in a newspaper. There are very few organizations in the community that he didn’t touch in some way. His benefit to these groups was his understanding of people and how things get done in this county. In recent years he would play a major role in the building of the Wabash YMCA and the Wabash County Hospital Foundation. His fundraising skills were unmatched as he raised millions in his lifetime to improve this community that he loved so much.
Fred shared his talents and generosity in other ways, particularly with the youth of Wabash County as a leader in the 4-H program, sports officiating and one of his true loves - coaching basketball. As a women’s basketball coach at Wabash and Southwood High Schools his extended family grew as he saw each young woman he coached as “one of his girls”.
He is survived by his wife, Constance Ann Squires, Wabash; four children, Beth (Joel) Stein, Wabash, Amy (Jeff) Beer, Nappanee, Meg (Jamie) Butcher, Lone Tree, Colo., and Tom (Michele) Squires, Petoskey, Mich., 10 grandchildren, Jessica Beer, Nappanee, Jack Stein, Wabash, Treg Beer, Nappanee, Abigail Stein, Wabash, Graham Butcher, Lone Tree, Liz Beer, Nappanee, Trevor Butcher, Lone Tree, Matthew Stein, Wabash, Emma Squires and Michael Squires, both of Petoskey, and his sister, Janet (Robert) Halderman, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward Brant Squires.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Wabash Presbyterian Church, 123 W. Hill Street, Wabash, with Rev. Jonathan Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave, Wabash.
Preferred memorials are the YMCA of Wabash County or Dorothy Squires Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Wabash County.
The memorial guest book for Fred may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.