The love of our life left to celebrate his mom and dad’s anniversary in heaven with them 2-15-19.
He was born May 2nd 1951, in St. Ignatius, MT, to Harriet Adams Whitworth and Fred Martin Whitworth Sr. He was raised on the family ranch outside of Arlee in Valley Creek. There he learned to work hard. He loved ranching and riding his horses and being with the cows.
On December 26, 1970, he married the love of his life, Vickie Lester, and they were married for 48 years, they had two daughters: Nickie and Jennifer. Then his grandbabies came: Riley, Courtney, Emilie, Ran’Dee. He always said “If I’d known how much fun grandkids would be he would have had them first.”
He worked at White Pine Sash & Door from 18 years old to 1996. That’s when he got the chance to ranch fulltime; he took the leap with his wife to Niarada, MT, up until he left this world doing what he loved, taking care of animals. He loved it when the kids and grandkids would come stay and just play and enjoy the ranch. Family was everything to him. They were the loves of his life. He enjoyed traveling to watch his grandson Riley, his papa’s boy, play baseball, football, basketball, and bull ride. He then continued the tradition with his granddaughters Ran’Dee, Emilie, Courtney. He hardly ever missed an event softball, volleyball, basketball, and concerts. The look of pride he had for his kids. He along with his wife travelled to all of the MAC softball games toting along a big cooler full of water and Gatorades and a wagon full of seeds, gums, and other goodies. The whole team loved them. Then some more sunshine came into his life, Miss Kameleigh, Riley’s daughter she would always say “sing me Papa” and he would. “I cross my heart and promise to give all I’ve got to give, to make all your dreams come true, In all the world you’ll never find a love as true as mine.” Then his baby beaver Blake came. They loved to tease each other Papa always called him ‘Squishy pants’.
He loved to travel with family. He took his girls packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He was surprised they wanted to go. He traveled all over with his Grandkids from the Coast to Vegas.
Fred is survived by his loving wife Vickie Whitworth, his heartbroken daughters Nickie (Larry) Nicholas, Jennifer(Richard) Cramer. Grandkids Riley Whitworth, Courtney Charlo, Emilie (PJ) Haynes, Ran’Dee Charlo. Great grandkids Kameleigh Adams, Blake Charlo and his baby beaver girl Charlo. Brother Floyd Nicolai (Denise), Sisters Lauraine (George) Johnson, Geri Moran. His many nieces and nephews that he cherished. His other daughter Katie Miller his godson Katie’s husband Jason Miller. He loved you all.
He was proceeded in death by his father Fred Whitworth Sr., his mother Harriet H. Whitworth, Brother Ray Whitworth, Sisters Annette McLeod, Nadine Clairmont, and Nephew Shawn Whitworth.
Services were held at the Arlee Community Center on Sunday, February 17, 2019. A Rosary was held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 followed by a Funeral Service on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.