Frederick W. Muder


Frederick W. Muder, 78, of Hubbard, passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2019) at home.
Fred was born Aug. 9, 1940, in New Kensington, Pa., a son of William E. and Janet Hess.
He graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, with bachelor's and master's degrees and further studied at the University of Delaware, working toward a PhD.
He was a teacher for the New Wilmington and Springfield Local schools, a guidance counselor at Poland Local and Springfield Local schools, and a teacher at Westminster College. He changed careers in 1970, becoming co-founder of Imported Services, Inc., in Hubbard. A self-taught mechanic, he founded Fred's Imported Car Service Center in 1974 in West Middlesex, and moved the business to his home in Hubbard in 1978. He also worked in the parts department at Tom's Automotive in West Middlesex.
Volvos were his passion, and his skill and honesty fueled a business that attracted customers from throughout the Mahoning and Shenango valleys. It also led him to an interest in airplanes, and he spent many joyous hours over three decades as part of a team that built and flew experimental aircraft such as the Mountain Goat and Pegazair.
A devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, Fred also enjoyed trainspotting and loved walking trails throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania in search of passing locomotives.
Fred will be forever missed and remembered by his family: his wife, the former Marian Parks, whom he married June 2, 1962, and with whom he enjoyed a loving and vibrant union; his sons, Craig W. (Cynthia) Muder of New Hartford, N.Y., and Michael B. (Dawn-Elaine) Muder of Boardman; and granddaughters Sarah Muder and Elyse Muder; and his sisters Mary Jane (John) Burin and Ann Muder, both of Lyndhurst, Ohio.
His parents preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: WYSU Public Radio, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH, 44555; PBS Western Reserve Public Media, P.O. Box 5191, 1750 Campus Center Drive, Kent, OH, 44240; The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main St., Cooperstown, NY, 13326; or Youngstown Radio Reading Service, a department of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, 2747 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH, 44505.

Frederick W., 78, of Hubbard.
Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (2-22-19) at STEWART-KYLE FUNERAL HOME, 407 W. Liberty St., Hubbard. Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home's website at to share memories and condolences.
Services: A celebration of Fred's life will be held at a later date.
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