Nov. 4, 1934 - April 21, 2011
Born to Valentine and Frances Miklancic of Homedale, Idaho, Fred grew up and excelled in sports at Homedale High School. Fred continued his education and sports exploits at Boise Junior College and then at the University of Oregon, where he received a bachelor of
science in geology. He starred as the running back of the football teams at both schools. In 2008, Fred was inducted into the Boise State University Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1958, Fred married his college sweetheart, Marla Miller, and thereafter served in the U.S. Army, 46th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, before being honorably discharged in 1961.
Fred and Marla raised five children in Portland, Walla Walla, and Pullman. During this time, Fred built an excellent career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, overseeing the design and construction
of several dams in the Pacific Northwest. During his career, Fred served as chief of geology and then chief of geo-tech before retiring in 1995.
Fred began a second career with Anderson Perry and Associates as a construction inspector on various wastewater treatment, road and bridge projects in the Walla Walla area.
Fred married Sherri Pankaskie (Lathim) on April 2, 2000. Together, they enjoyed years of bowling and friendship with many great people of the Corps Bowling League. In October 2006, Fred and Sherri moved to Pasco, where they hiked and explored areas throughout the Pacific Northwest. This past year, a very special trip to Hawaii enabled Fred to explore many of the islands' unique geological formations.
Fred is survived by siblings, Helen Rose, Margaret George and Jim Miklancic; children, Daniel, Michael, Andrew, Thomas and Diane; step-children, Michael and Ashley Pankaskie; grandchildren, Ashley,
Ethan, Morgan, Kaitlyn, Mattias and Madison; and one great-grandchild, Keiana.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The funeral service will be held on Thursday,
April 28, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene. The graveside funeral service also will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House through the funeral home.