He was born Feb. 17, 1917, the son of Albert and Agnes (Grosjean) Kellum.
Following school, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Later, Fred worked on the Pennsylvania Rail Road before joining the military.
He joined the United States Army during World War II. He served as a Private First Class with the Liberators in the 14th Armored Division and was honorably discharged March 11, 1946. Upon his return home, he returned to the railroad. He married Anna Catherine McCullough Sept. 29, 1949.
Fred worked at Arketex for several years before retiring when the plant closed. He also had worked at Parco Apartments as the maintenance superintendent and more recently at Page's Food Store, as their custodian, retiring at the age of 92.
Fred enjoyed spending time with many of the residents of Cloverleaf Health Care where he was affectionately known as Mr. Bibs. He would spend many meal times with the staff and residents helping and entertaining them.
In his "younger years," he coached baseball for the Clay Youth League. He also enjoyed reading, caring for his lawn, playing horse shoes, fishing, wood burning, baking bread and spending time at his grandchildren's activities. Fred was also adventurous, having ridden an elephant at the age of 80 and riding a rollercoaster at the age of 87, just to mention a few.
Fred was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127.
He was preceded in death by his wife Anna, grandchildren Nathan Kellum and Joshua Kellum and sister Ruth Clark Jackson.
Survivors include his sons Terry Robert "Bob" Kellum and wife Kathy, Terre Haute, and Vaughn Kellum and wife Terri, Dennison, Ill., daughter Deanne Barnett and husband Dennis, Brazil, grandchildren Amanda Loughmiller and husband David, Robby Kellum, Trevor Kellum, Morgann Kellum, John Barnett and wife Michelle, Christina Boland and husband Matt, Natasha Barnett and Casandra Barnett, as well as several great-grandchildren, sisters Dorothy Bryant and husband Mickey, and Carol King, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Tim Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery, with military services provided by the V.F.W. Post 1127, and American Legion Post 2, as well as members of the United States Army.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105-1905, Riley Hospital for Children, 50 S. Meridian Suite 500, Indianapolis, Ind., 46202, or United Service Organization (USO), 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200, Arlington, Va., 22201, or online at www.uso.org.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.