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Frederick John Phalen, Jr.

Services for Frederick John Phalen, 91, of Temple will be held at a later date. His body has been pledged to science to further medical research. His cremated remains will be memorialized at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima, Ohio

Frederick J. Phalen died on Monday July, 4, 2022 at his home residence surrounded by his family.  

Frederick John Phalen, Jr. was born on January 24, 1931 to Mary Isabella Patterson - Phalen and Frederick John Phalen Sr., in Lima, OH. Mr. Phalen attended South High School.  After school he enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1948 as a Cook till 1952 where he found his passion for cooking. He will be remembered for his delicious spaghetti. After his military services he started his career at Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton and Clark Equipment in Lima, Ohio. He retired from Chrysler and ultimately General Dynamics Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio.  In 1997 he moved to Texas.  Fred was a determined man and did not want to give up and he did not.   His hobbies included; golfing, and bowling. At the age of 91 he was still an avid bowler in a league in Temple, Texas. Even with macular degeneration which made him close to being blind Fred could still get up and bowl from memory which astounded anyone that watched himl. He was devoted to his family. He kept his yard and cars in pristine condition. He loved his two dogs; Buddy and Bandit.   

Survivors include his four daughters, Mary P. Cyndy Cruz of Lima, OH, Sandra Marie Giddens and husband Rudy Giddens of Alger, Ohio, Melinda “Moe” Slaughter and husband Alfred Slaughter of Lima, Ohio, and Melissa Ainslie with husband Paul of Temple, Texas; one sister, Catherine Lamb of Lima, Ohio;  three grandsons, Matthew Giddens wife Michele of Ada, Ohio, Justin Settlemire and his wife Celeste of Spencerville, Ohio, and Kevin Donovan of Nolansville, TN; two granddaughters, Halley Ainslie of Bedford, Texas and Hadley Ainslie of Temple, Texas; along with three great-grandkids and nine great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two former wifes, Lorean Phalen, and Janet Phalen; siblings, James Patterson, Maxine Melson, and Edward Phalen.

A special thank you to Harbor Hospice for their compassionate care. 

Flowers and cards can be sent to Melissa Ainslie in Temple, TX

Arrangements are in the care of Sabrina Young of Young’s Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center. 


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Gloria Scott Jul 8 2022 2:13 PM

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Gloria Scott Jul 8 2022 2:03 PM

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Barbara Young-Webber Jul 6 2022 9:50 PM

Prayers for your family.

Teresa O’Quinn Jul 6 2022 2:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Frederick Phalen, Jr.

Kelly Johnson Jul 6 2022 2:30 PM

I only recently met Mr Phalen but it was an instant friendship. He was always so pleasant and friendly. I have missed seeing him these past few months but checked on him thru Melissa - I'm thankful he is at peace now and he is "cured" - my heart and prayers are with the family left behind to grieve

Cindy Bowman Jul 6 2022 2:08 PM

My condolences to your family. Prayers and love.

Leeann Miner Jul 6 2022 2:05 PM