Frederick C. Staunch Sr.

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Frederick C. Staunch Sr.

Frederick C. Staunch Sr., 73, of Sharpsville passed away on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in his home.
Mr. Staunch was born May 3, 1945, in Sharpsville, a son of the late August
Staunch Sr. and Edna (Maykowski) Staunch. He was a 1963 graduate of
Sharpsville High School and attended Youngstown State University, where he
played basketball.
Fred, affectionately known as "Freddy the Crop Duster," knew at a young age that he wanted to become a pilot. He did just that, becoming a pilot at the age of 18.
Fred never thought of flying as a job because of the love he had for it. He was employed as an aerial applicator in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas and in Northeast Louisiana. Fred was a designated FAA pilot flight examiner, as well as a commercial pilot flight instructor. He was a recipient of the Flight Instructor of the Year award, and also earned the Gold Seal Flight Instructor from the FAA, which is how the FAA recognizes the best in the industry. He achieved many ratings throughout his career, which are too numerous to mention.
With his fun loving nature, Fred always kept you on your feet laughing with his jokes, pranks and magic tricks. His favorite pastime was gathering around a bonfire with friends and family to tell stories and have a drink.
If you were lucky, he would pull out the accordion and play various polkas, which he learned to play when he was only six years old.
Remember Fred by doing a good deed for a friend or neighbor today.
He is survived by his wife, the former Sandra Smith, whom he married on
Nov. 25, 1967; a daughter, Dr. Deanna Thomas and her son, James, of Sharpsville; two sons, Frederick Staunch Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, and their
children, Claire, Mack and Luke, Sharpsville, and Doug Staunch and his wife, Holly, and their sons, Tyler, Ryan and Riley, Ft. Myers, Fla.; a sister, Patricia Tellega, Hermitage; and a brother, August Staunch Jr., Mercer.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Sharpsville Booster Club, P.O. Box 193, Sharpsville, PA 16150.

STAUNCH
Frederick C., 73, of Sharpsville.
Calling hours: None.
Service: A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on September 12, 2018
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Joyce Steen
Sep 14, 2018
Freddy was my dad, Jerry Steens, best friend. We loved him coming to our house when we were kids. I even baked him a bi-plane cake for one of his birthdays. RIP Freddy, say hi to Daddy, as you crop dust your way to heaven!
Laura (Yarzab) Gromofsky
Sep 13, 2018
I have many memories of Fred, and my late husband Ronald their antics are too numerous to mention, I send my condolences to the whole staunch family especially to his wife Sandy who took excellent care of her husband. I;m sure Ron welcomed him with open arms, and a smile on his face the day Fred went to his resting place. love Laura
YvonneMarie Staunch Foore & William A. Foore Jr.
Sep 13, 2018
Uncle Fred is going to be missed alot by the family. I remember Uncle Fred giving directions to Greg and me on how to fix the ripped screen door. When Greg asked why we were doing it he wasn't Uncle Fred said he was busy getting ready for that's night BQ.(Aunt Sandy was one who did the bq that night) Last time I watched Uncle Fred we sat in the livingroom watching Law and Order . Aunt Sandy if you need something call Bill and Me are here for you. We love you.
Bob Bralich
Sep 12, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Fred was one crazy pilot.
He taught me how to fly at
Chadderton Airport .
Great memories
Billie Moyer
Sep 12, 2018
May you All find peace in your Memories ! Deepest Sympathy From Matt Billie and David Moyer