Obituary Details

Frederick John Saleeby

May 29, 1926 - August 28, 2013

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
Date:
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Funeral

Location:
Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
Date:
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

Frederick John Saleeby, age 87, passed peacefully at his home in Raleigh after a yearlong struggle with cancer on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. He was surrounded by family and friends.

A Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and an Officer and a Gentleman. In World War II, Fred served his country in the Pacific theatre on the USS Ancon including every major engagement from Okinawa to the Japanese surrender. On the morning of August 29, 1945 Fred sailed with the Ancon into Tokyo Bay. From the ship's anchorage between the USS Missouri and the USS South Dakota, he witnessed the official Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. He was also a first lieutenant on the ground during the Korean War and retired from the Army Reserve as a Captain.

Fred loved to say with a smile that he had been through two wars, but had never seen anything like what his children could present him! Fred is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eileen Patricia McKenna "Pat" Saleeby. He is also survived by his five children and their families – Fred Saleeby, Jr. and wife Marilyn, Karen Rice and husband Dan, Tim Saleeby, Bryn Townsend and husband Norris, and Reid Saleeby and wife Karen. Fred had six grandchildren and two great grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina Teachers College (ECU), and worked in the pharmaceutical and medical capital equipment industries with great success.

He loved playing golf and winning at gin rummy at the Raleigh Country Club. Going to his second home in North Myrtle Beach with Pat, kids and grandkids was also a favorite pastime. Cooking and idolizing his wife were his favorite hobbies.

Daddio, we love you and miss you!

A service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church on 2718 Overbrook Drive in Raleigh, NC. Visitation will begin at 1:00PM in the vestibule of the church, and the service will begin promptly at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675 or online at WoundedWarriorProject.org.
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Susan Burgess
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September 8, 2013
My mother, Jackie Burgess, was your mother's roommate at Blue Ridge HCC during Pat's stay. Your dad was always so kind to all of my family, but especially so to my mother. He often brought her a biscuit when he came to visit your mother. He also did this several times after Pat left BR. It tickled her and was so kind of your dad. Please know that your family will be in my prayers.
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John Cashwell
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August 30, 2013
Karen and Tim, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family is this time of grief and loss. Please know that many prayers are being lifted up for you during this time.

John
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David & Gail Frey
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August 30, 2013
Reid and Karen:
Our condolences go out to everyone in the Saleeby family. Your dad was clearly a great, proud man who was loved and respected by all who were graced by knowing him.
David and Gail Frey
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john mcconnell
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August 30, 2013
I am sorry about the passing of Fred and he will go down in my memory as one of the nicest guys that was a member at Raleigh CC. He always was a big supporter of my efforts to remake the club and always had a warm smile on his face when I entered the card room. He will be missed by all of us.
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Visitation

Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
2718 Overbrook Drive
RALEIGH, NC 27608

Funeral

Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church
2718 Overbrook Drive
RALEIGH, NC 27608

Cemetery

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