He was born on April 22, 1941 in Big Pool, Maryland. He was the son of the late Thurman Leroy Younker, Sr. and Daisy Margaret “Reed” Younker.
In 1971, he and his wife, Dottie, founded Fred’s Plumbing & Heating, a successful plumbing and heating contracting business that continued for 44 years where he was on call for emergencies around the clock. He was always known as the “Whistling Plumber.” In addition to the plumbing business, in 1989 he established Wilson’s Gun and Trap and Antique business where he loved to swap stories while selling his guns and antiques.
Fred was an avid hunter, trapper, and outdoorsman from his childhood to the present and was a life-long member of the Snake River Trapping Association. He and his wife enjoyed traveling all over the country to trapping and gun conventions and visiting his children. He enjoyed gardening every year from his childhood through this past summer. He also enjoyed working in 4-H while his three daughters participated raising and showing steers and lambs. He loved being with his family and especially enjoyed teasing his 14 grandchildren, even if he sometimes had to leave his family during holidays to give another family heat or water when they were without.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy “Dottie” Ebersole Younker and his three daughters, Ninette “Nikki” Bell and her husband Robert of Rigby, ID, Stacey Younker and her husband Lynn Mills of Clear Spring, MD, and Leslie Farthing and her husband, Scot of Wytheville, VA; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Thurman L. Younker, Jr. of Berkeley Springs, WV, and Glenn “Pete” Younker and wife, Doris, of Hagerstown, MD and a sister, Doris M. Carpenter and her husband, William, of Stone Mountain, GA.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by a grandson, Micaiah Fred Bell, and a sister-in-law, Helen Younker.
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring, Maryland.
A private celebration of Fred’s life will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 24th for the family. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association Foundation, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfhinc.com.
Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family.