Fred Joseph Kerekes

Fred Joseph Kerekes, 65, of Overland Park, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010, at his home.  


Fred was born December 13, 1944, to Michael and Dorothy Kerekes in Honolulu, Hawaii.   On May 16, 1970, Fred married Rosalie Margaret Rodriguez in Long Beach, California. 


Fred joined the United States Navy in 1963.  He served two tours in Vietnam.  Fred retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in January of 1985.  After retiring from the Navy, Fred went to work for the city of Norfolk, Virginia before retiring in December of 2006.  Fred enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to his flower garden and caring for his two dogs Sweet Pea and Icey. 


Fred is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Rosalie; two sons, Joseph Kerekes, and Daniel Kerekes and wife Heather; daughter Felicia Kerekes; three grandchildren, Mia, Simon, and Evelyn. 


Visitation and Services


Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.  Funeral Service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, September 9, 2010,  at the chapel followed by burial with military honors in Leavenworth National Cemetery. 

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12 Comments on “Fred Joseph Kerekes”

  1. Sally Vandenhull Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, and so sad for you and all of your loved ones. I know your faith will see you through this. I know, too, that your Dad was happy to have watched you become the man that your are, a husband and father, and to have known his grandchildren. Give thanks for the time that you have had together.
    My love to all,

  2. Dawn (Wise) Dunbar Says:

    I was so sad to learn about Uncle Fred. My kids called him Uncle “Jesus” because the first time they remember meeting him he had his Jesus hat on. I mention that because Jesus was a good way to describe him. He was a gentle, loving and very caring man. I only have wonderful memories of him. I know he was a wonderful father and brother to my mom. Now he is with his mom and his dad, so I know that he will be very happy. I love you Uncle Fred!!!

    and family

  3. Grady C. Springs Jr. Says:

    Rosalie and Family,

    I remember the warm feeling I received when I watched you and Fred eating Christmas dinner one year at our annual Christmas party. You both reminded me of honeymooners sharing your food and love with each other. May God Bless you and your family always.

    Grady Storekeeper II, City of Norfolk Virginia

  4. Angela Broockerd Says:

    Dan and Heather,
    I am so sorry to hear about your sudden loss! We have been praying for your family and for your brother, sister and mom during this time as well. I just pray that you feel the love and comfort of Jesus during this time!
    Love you guys!
    Angela and Brad Broockerd

  5. Shane and Amber Gallagher Says:

    We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our prayers are with you. We pray the Holy Spirit, our comfort, will rest on you all.

    Much love and prayers,

    Amber and Shane

  6. Gerald Julian Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. It was always a pleasure to speak with him at work. I am glad I was able to have known him. I hope you can find peace in remembering his life. God be with you always.

    Gerald Julian

  7. Patti Wesling Says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Patti and Larry Wesling

  8. Joseph M. Kerekes Says:

    Dad…I Love You…I feel you watching me…and I hear you saying, “Live right, do right.” And I reply, my blessed Father, “I will strive to live as you did.”

    I never met one single man on Earth with such meekness, piety, honor, patience, longsuffering and faith. You ARE the perfect Father, never pressuring, never hurting. Only loving, supporting, and uplifting. Your life, my dear Dad, will extend through me…Yes, even here you have a voice, a way, a message to proclaim through me. I love you and respect you more than a typical son could ever. You are my Father, and this is how I understand my Heavenly Father’s love…because you so selflessly let Jesus shine through all you ever did and spoke. I am proud to be called a “Kerekes”…and Dad, the steps you made are so easy to follow. They were the way, the truth, and the life.


  9. Peter Conway Says:

    “I was so sad to learn about Uncle Fred. My kids called him Uncle “Jesus” because the first time they remember meeting him he had his Jesus hat on”…

    He had the same hat on during Joe and Harlow’s trial… the guy was a nut.Sorry for your loss… but let’s get serious.

  10. Harlow Cuadra Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.

    I’d be pleased to attend the visitation but will need a day pass. If joe goes, I hope to go with him!


  11. Justin Hensley Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Fred was a great man, though I barely knew him, but I could tell he was a very unique individual. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kerekes family.

  12. Robert Hodge Says:

    Dear Mrs. Kerekes and Joseph….
    I used to work with Joe at the Mall in Norfolk. Am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Kerekes…tried to contact you a couple of years ago to lend my support to your family, but found only that you had moved and I did not know where.
    Joe, if you read this, stay strong, buddy….would love to talk to you again sometime….I think of you often…

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