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Obituary: Frederick William Babbel

Frederick William Babbel, 85, of Orem, Utah, died May 31, 2001, in Provo, Utah.

Frederick William Babbel's parents converted to the LDS faith in Germany, later moving to Salt Lake City in the early 1900's. His father

Frederick August Babbel and two uncles ran a clothing tailor shop on the top floor of ZCMI. That is where Fred's father met his mother, Lena Lamprecht who was hired as a seamstress.

Fred was born in 1915 in Salt Lake City. He was the 2nd oldest of nine children. Fred had a very eventful life growing up with four brothers and four sisters on a two bedroom farm in Twin Falls, Idaho. The five boys slept on the porch which eventually was glassed in due to the cold, snowy weather. Fred was an enterprising entrepreneur. At age five, he went door-to-door advertising his father's tailor business by wearing a fully custom-tailored suit and a big smile. Later on he sold newspapers, and in his early teens, Fred was mentored by HC Howell, the editor of the Idaho Postman, who taught him extensive mimeographing, spelling, grammar, and editing.

When Fred was a senior in high school, he met a new 14 year-old girl from Ogden named June Andrew in his debate class. He was surprised to find that she was playing for the Men's HS Glee Club. Later in the year, she accompanied Fred's male quartet, "The Balladeers," in a weekly radio broadcast.

Fred and June both served missions in Europe. Fred served a German mission before war was declared while June served in France and Canada right shortly after the war was declared, thus keeping them apart for 5 years. They were married in 1943, while Fred was in the army during World War II.

Fred was released from the army when his first baby was three weeks old to go with Ezra Taft Benson to Europe.

They were sent to arrange for food, clothing, and medical supplies for people starving as a result of the war.

Thousands survived and were given fresh hope because of their efforts.

When Fred returned, his daughter was just taking her first steps.

Back in Utah once again, Fred served as secretary to the General Authorities, Executive Secretary of the Melchizedek Priesthood Committee and Secretary of the General Priesthood Committee of the LDS Church.

He wrote a weekly page in the Deseret News Church News Section, and monthly columns in the Improvement Era.

He has also published in the Ensign Magazine, and authored the first Melchizedek Priesthood Manuel under the direction of the First Presidency.

With his wife, he co-authored study guides used in the Religion Departments of Brigham Young University. In addition, Fred has written three books: On Wings of Faith (1972), To Him That Believeth (1982), and Bring Forth Your Light (1989).

A popular speaker for over 40 years, Fred averaged 400 talks per year for four years before moving East and has been a speaker at General Conference in Salt Lake City as well as a Devotional speaker at BYU.

He continued to undertake speaking invitations throughout the East, Midwest, and West, from Toronto, Canada to Miami, Florida. Some of his recorded talks have been used in various missions scattered throughout the US and elsewhere.

Fred and June moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1952 where they remained for 40 years.

Their family is scattered - their son in Philadelphia, two daughters in Virginia, one in Arizona and one in Utah. They have 32 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

In his professional life, Fred has been a management consultant to Bank of America, Jantzen Knitting Mills, Equitable, General Foods, American Medical Association, Marriot Corporation, ZCMI, and numerous other business firms.

He has been a guest lecturer at several universities, including Harvard, George Washington, Georgetown, and the American University. He moved East in the early 1950's to become an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture to Ezra Taft Benson during the Eisenhower administration, and later became a co-founder of Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics. At one time he was on the board of directors of 34 corporations.

Later Fred served in the National Archives of the US Government as a management analyst.

Fred has had wide ranging experience with the LDS Church. He was privileged to serve for 20 years in the Washington, DC Temple and has been active as a teacher and in missionary work throughout his life.

Fred is survived by his wife, June Andrew Babbel, one son and four daughters: Bonnie (Roger) Lewis, Herndon, Virginia; Julene (Lisle)

Updike, Falls Church, Virginia; David (Mary Jane) Babbel, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; Judy (Doug) Cloward, Spanish Fork, Utah; Joanne (Dennis) Smith, Mesa, Arizona; 32 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, and two sisters; Roy Babbel, Twin Falls, Idaho; Byron

Babbel, Manti, Utah; Olea Woolf, Auburn, California and Pearl Schenk, Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Norman Babbel, Art Babbel, Vera McKnight and Elaine Harper.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 4, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. in the Orem Park 6th Ward Chapel, 114 South 400 West, Orem. Friends may call at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem Sunday evening from 7 - 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Monday morning from 9 to 10:15 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.