Fredrick Mares

Fredrick Louis Mares

Wednesday, October 15th, 1958 - Thursday, December 20th, 2018
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Price Funeral Home Obituary

Frederick L. Mares

Frederick L. Mares of Maryville, Missouri, passed away on December 20, 2018 at Village Care Center. Fred was born on October 15, 1958, in Denver, Colorado to Boniface (“Bonnie”) and Priscilla S. Mares. Fred attended Drake University on a tennis scholarship, graduating in 1980 with a degree in journalism. Fred loved the people of the Midwest and made it his home following college.

Fred was a long-time reporter for the Kansas City Star/Times, serving as Bureau Chief in St. Joseph. Fred and his fellow reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 1981 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse.

Fred came to Maryville to seek his master’s degree at Northwest Missouri State, wanting to become a teacher or professor. He often spoke publicly about his mental health challenges, which sidelined him from pursuing his degree. His beloved Hy-Vee brought him into their family where everyone knows Fred held court as a greeter-extraordinaire for many years, winning a Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service award. Fred loved sharing his joy of music, singing and playing at churches, weddings and funerals throughout Nodaway County.

Fred is survived by his brothers Steve, Adolph and Don and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. He remained very close to his former wife and good friend Eulia Mares and loved his step-children Lisa and Jeff and their children and grandchildren, who he considered his own children grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services 1PM Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Church of the Nazarene under the care of Price Funeral Home. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville, Missouri. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Fred's name to The Children and Family Center of Maryville.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Church of the Nazarene
    Maryville, MO 64468
  • Service

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 1:00pm
    Church of the Nazarene
    Maryville, MO 64468
    Pastor Laura Rand
  • Interment

    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Maryville, MO 64468


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Emily Stortenbecker

Posted at 03:03am
I am sad to hear of Fred’s passing. He came annually to talk to the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and inspired so many of us. know his memory will be held in many of our hearts!

Marcia Alsup

Posted at 02:55pm
Am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Fred at Hy-Vee & felt he was an inspiration to the patrons. My sympathies to the family.

Kathleen Price

Posted at 09:07am
Fred was an amazing person.... He was very entertaining with his music and jokes. we had him for our entertainment at our house parties as well as our social events. we have missed him as the greeter at Hyvee. He will be missed. Our prayers to you all.

Sharon Hayden

Posted at 10:00am
I have fond memories of Fred from HyVee greeting and services he gave at our Community of Christ Church. You will be missed.

Larry Rusco

Posted at 04:04pm
I will miss Fred alot. I looked forward to his cheerful smile at HyVee and his comments about my family. He sang at my daughters wedding and provides progrms for Forum.
My condolences to his family

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