Mr. Karl Berg Freding, beloved husband of Margaret E. Freding, passed away peacefully at McKinney Place in Oliver on Monday, May 3, 2004.
Karl Freding was born in Princeton, B.C. November 19, 1916.
He was raised on his father’s homestead near Princeton and worked on neighbouring ranches until 1938 when he and his brother bought some neighbouring abandoned properties and struck out on their own.
After marrying Margaret Allison, a local ranching gal, on September 14, 1941, he bought out his partners and raised commercial cattle and wheat.
In 1946 he bought his first registered Hereford cow which was the beginning of Karl and Margaret Freding’s Rafter F Hereford Ranch.
Their ranch became a leader in the industry for nearly half a century selling many championship Hereford bulls at both Kamloops and Williams Lake bull sales.
After selling their ranch in 1992, they retired to Osoyoos. where Karl continued to manufacture his popular Tyten-Loc gate latches that he had invented and patented many years earlier.
Karl is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Margaret and will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Shirley Freding of Osoyoos, B.C. and his son Bill Freding of Oliver, B.C.