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Frederick Richard Halter,III

Obituary Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Frederick Richard Halter III, 79, passed into glory on August 4, 2021, with all his family by his side.   In heaven he joined his father, Frederick Richard Halter II (a New York City firefighter), and mother, Florence Halter (homemaker).   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Wendellyn (Winnie) Lancaster Halter, and his three children: Frederick Richard Halter IV (Katherine) of Gainesville, Mary Lynn Halter Kidd (Colby) of Marietta, and Tybee Halter Atkinson (John) of Virginia Beach. Also surviving are his four grandchildren: Jackson Kidd, Riley Kidd, Nicole Halter, Natalie Halter, and his sister Virginia Halter Armentrout in North Carolina.

Fred was born on April 18, 1942, in New York City.  His boyhood was on Long Island where he could be found in any activity related to boating.  He purchased his first boat when he was only 10 years old, using money he earned as a paperboy.  He worked so hard, in fact, that he was named Paperboy-of-the-Year in NYC, an accomplishment that landed him an appearance on The Steve Allen Show.   He also was very active in his Boy Scout troop, completing all the requirements for Eagle Scout.

After graduating from high school, Fred attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, and Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where he earned his B.S. in Mathematics.   He taught Math in Long Island schools for 6 years. Simultaneously, a budding passion for aviation led him to undergo flight training, and in 1971 Fred began his flying career with City Service in Atlanta.   This move would also lead him to Winnie. Soon after their marriage, the newlyweds would pack up for Houston, TX, where Fred would fly as a corporate pilot for Shell Oil until 1993.   By then a family of five, they all moved to Gainesville, GA, where Fred resumed flying for American Proteins, while also bringing frozen yogurt to the community with a pair of TCBY shops.   He retired in 2017, proudly logging over 50 years of flying.

Fred has always been respected and loved by his family and friends.  His word was his bond. He studied the Bible in depth each day and lived by its teachings as a follower of Jesus Christ.  He was a very special man - strong, smart, caring, and fun.  Utterly dedicated to his three children, he taught them many life skills while also preparing them for their vocations - all three became commercial pilots.    When asked for any help by his community, he could be depended on to lend a hand.   He participated in coaching his young children and their teams in countless sports.  He was active in volunteering and fundraising for Young Life both in Texas and Georgia.

He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

The Halters appreciate all the thoughts and prayers received from family and friends during this difficult time, as well as the caring and careful attention of Amity Care Hospice, and the generous love shown by Katie Franklin, Jentezen Franklin, and the staff at Free Chapel.

A private memorial service is being held.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Young Life of Gainesville/Hall County, 1956 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA  30501.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.

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