Frederick D. Funk

of Tucson, AZ., passed away Monday May 29, 2017 at the age of 77.

Fred “Rufus” was born on April 12, 1940 on the family farm in Knobsville, PA to William and Lavada (Bickel) Funk. Fred studied at Penn State University receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biophysics and performed his postdoc at the California Institute of Technology.

Fred married Betty Malot in 1964 in her grandparents’ garden in Hustontown, PA. They lived in Pasadena California, Hershey Pennsylvania, and Flagstaff Arizona, where they raised their two children, before retiring to Roseburg, Oregon in 2002 and later Fred moving to Tucson Arizona in 2016.

Fred worked as an assistant professor of microbiology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey Pennsylvania, and retired from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ after 27 years of service. He had roles at NAU of professor, researcher, Biological Sciences department Assistant Chair, Honors Department Director and advisor to many students whom he loved. He is NAU Emeritus Professor of molecular and microbial genetics, molecular evolution, and evolution of chromosomal arrangement.

Fred is preceded in death by his wife Betty of 52 years (August 2016), two sisters Barbara Souders, Rhea Braun and parents. He is survived by a daughter Catherine (Chris) Minyard of Nampa ID; son Timothy (Loree) Funk of Tucson AZ; two grandsons Austin Brothers and Caden Funk of Tucson AZ as well as nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

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