In Memoriam: May 5 – 7

Fred Harrell Peterson, 79, Vero Beach

Fred Harrell Peterson, 79, of Vero Beach, passed away on May 4, 2018, at the VNA Hospice House surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Fred was born in 1939 at the home of his parents on Lateral A/66th Avenue where Peterson Groves remains today.

He and his brother, Ed, worked in the family business growing, selling and shipping citrus until they retired in 2013. Peterson Groves, through their father and brothers, supplied world famous Indian River Citrus since 1913.

They started the UBagEm, which is now used industry wide. Other than his family, farming and riding his tractors, Fred loved coaching baseball with his son and grandsons and was very proud of his star role as the Sheriff in the movie, “Looking For Trouble.”

Some of his old time friends affectionately gave him the nickname “Hoss.”

He will be missed by his children, Ginger (David) Marousky, Calvin (Nini) Peterson, Cindy (Mark) Cox-Dellerman, and Andy Cox; grandchildren, Christopher (Amanda), Kyle, Jennifer, Jonathan, Robert and Caleigh; sister, Pauline Washington; sister-in-law, Leona Peterson; many nieces and nephews and the mothers of his children, Jeanette McDaniel and Cynthia Peterson.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Axel T. Peterson Sr. and Lillian Lundeen Peterson; brothers, Axel, Jr., Edward and Karl; sister, Dorothy; sister-in-law, Jean Slusher and longtime employee and friend, Jan Merrick.

He was grateful for the kindness and compassion of the staff at Solaris Senior Living over the last couple of years.

Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice or HALO Animal Rescue in his memory.

A celebration of his life is being planned in the summer after the birth of his granddaughter Carson.


Deacon Ray Neubauer, 61, Vero Beach

Deacon Ray Neubauer, 61, of Vero Beach, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, at Florida Hospital Orlando South in Orlando. Deacon Ray was born May 10, 1956, in Albany, N.Y., to the late Raymond F. and Mary McCabe Neubauer.

In 1996, Ray and his young family moved to Vero Beach from Albany.
Ray was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla.

He had been a wealth advisor for Morgan Stanley in Vero Beach. In 2015 he was ordained as a Deacon at St. Helen Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus in Vero Beach.

Deacon Ray was a quiet, humble, and faithful man with a great devotion to his Church, family, and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Jan Neubauer; children Kevin (Jen) Neubauer, of Vero Beach, Lindsay (T.J.) Yencho, of Vero Beach, and Jeff Neubauer, of Vancouver, Wash.; and grandchildren, Teagan and Ryker Yencho, and Bennett Neubauer.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Helen Catholic Church, 2000 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Christian Brothers Academy of Albany, 12 Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m., on Thursday, May 10, St. Helen Catholic Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Mass for Deacon Ray will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 11, at the church with Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, as celebrant.

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