Karen Parkhurst’89
January 16, 2018
Lori Hahn Schrenker ’17
January 16, 2018

Fred R. Schreffler ’55 (Religion-Philosophy) passed away at the age of 91 on November 30, 2017.  Fred was born December 1, 1925 in Oil City, PA to Clinton and Dorothy Schreffler.  He was pastor to five Free Methodist Churches in the Pittsburgh Conference, serving three of them 8 years each.  He retired in 1989 after 31 years in pastoral ministry.  Fred served two years in the Army Air Corps and then with the U.S. Postal service before attending Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York, graduating in 1855 first in his class.  He attended Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky and graduated in 1958 with a Master of Divinity degree.  While a senior at RWC, in 1954 he married Esther Lambert.  In 1955 they had a daughter, Lorene Esther, who died following her birth in Lexington, KY.  A son, Andrew Kent of Gainesville, was born in Lexington in 1957. A son, Peter Hans of Lakeland, FL, was born in Steubenville, Ohio in 1961.  A son, Daniel Keith of Albany, NY was born in Rochester, PA in 1963.  They have one grandson, Thomas Schreffler, son of Peter and Gloria.  Fred’s wife Esther taught in public schools  for a few years before taking on the responsibilities of a pastor’s wife.  After Fred’s retirement in 1989, they returned to their home in N. Chili, NY which they had purchased in 1954.  In October 2015 they moved to Gainesville, Florida.  Fred was appreciated as a scholar, writer, poet, a student of history, and a thoughtful expositor of the Scriptures, always serving with a kind spirit.