Fred Oscar Lancaster Jr., 84, died on March 27, 2022, after dealing with Parkinson’s and MRSA sepsis for several years. He was born in Pearsall on January 13, 1938 to Fred O. Lancaster Sr. and Helon Roberts Lancaster.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brother and sister-in-law James Benton and Marjorie Lancaster, sister and brother-in-law Marion and Bud Ray, and niece Denise Ray.
Fred is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Judy, children Jace Lancaster of Pearsall, Brooke Livingston (Randy) of Dripping Springs, Texas, Fred Oscar “Trey” Lancaster III (Kristy) of Houston, six grandchildren, Hayden, Fred Oscar “Ford” Lancaster IV, Madeline, Gage, Landry and Georgia, several nieces and nephews and their children and many friends.
Fred grew up in Pearsall raising chickens, milking cows and selling the cream for spending money and played football for the Mavericks.
He spent 40 years away from Pearsall while at college, the US Army, employment with DuPont in La Porte, Texas, Montague, Michigan and Beaumont, from which he retired at 55 in 1991. Fred returned to Frio County, running Los Cuados Ranch with his brother-in-law Bud Ray until his death, spending two years in assisted living.
Fred assumed many volunteer responsibilities, including as President of Medina Electric Co-op Board of Trustees, President of Frio Hospital Board of Trustees, Chairman of Pearsall UMC Board of Trustees and the Frio Cemetery Association Board, among several others.
He enjoyed woodworking, leather tooling, stained glass, 42 dominoes, hunting, ranching and farming, barbecuing and baking, reading, and watching almost all sports. He even built his camp house and his log cabin home. Fred wanted to be a minister until he became angry with God after his mother died a painful death from cancer. He subsequently traveled a faith journey, including a Walk to Emmaus.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pearsall UMC, P.O. Box 243, Pearsall, Texas 78061 or to a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.