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Freddy Bitz September 28, 1970 - October 22, 2021

Fred entered through the gates of Heaven on October 22, 2021 @ 10:22pm at the age of 51. His Wife and Son were at his side with family members on facetime. Fred was born September 28, 1970 to Diana Hogan Bitz Chase and Freddie Bitz. Fred attended school in the Gresham school district and graduated in 1990. He lived in Gresham his whole life. Fred met the LOVE of his life, Heidi M. Townsend, on a blind date, set up by a mutual friend, in 1996. Engaged in June of 1997 and married on February 14, 1998. On February 13, 2003, they welcomed their son, Samuel Michael. More in LOVE than ever, their family was complete.
Fred worked at Highland Safeway, Highland McDonalds, Ron Tonkin and Townsend Farms, he was known as a hardworking, kind, caring, supportive employee.
Fred was diagnosed with Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy, as a child. In 1997 he was diagnosed with Cardio Myopathy and received a perfect Heart transplant, on January 13, 2005. The family will be forever grateful to Dr. Hershberger and the transplant team at OHSU. Fred was able to be married over 21 years and watch his Son Sam grow to adulthood. He had many serious health scares, yet he fought to overcome them until the end.
Fred LOVED cooking, watching movies, off-roading, with his childhood friend Derek. Restoring old cars and trucks, attending many car shows with Sam and dear friend Slava, who helped Fred achieve his dream of receiving 1st place in Trucks, at The Sandy Fall Fast Cruisin’ Car Show in 2018. Then in 2019 Fred won Best in Class at the Portland Roadster Show with his prized 1990 454SS Chevy square box. He met many new friends, at these car shows. Fred LOVED all holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas.
Fred is survived by his wife Heidi, son Samuel, Mother Diana Chase and her husband Richard Chase. In-laws Mike and Margaret Townsend, Brother and Sister-in-law Billy and Sarah Townsend, nephews Luke and Gabriel Townsend. Many Aunts, Uncles’ and Cousins, Dear Friends Slava Prozapas and Derek Foglio, and many lifelong friends.
Fred is preceded in death by his Father, Freddie Bitz, Brother Eddie Bitz, Nephew Zachary Townsend, and both sets of Grandparents.
Thank you to Providence home health team, OHSU critical care unit, the Palliative care team and Gresham Memorial Chapel for taking such great care of our Fred.
A Celebration Of Life to honor Fred will be at 11:00a.m., Tuesday, December 14th, at Abundant Life Church, 17421 SE Hemrich Rd. Damascus, OR 97089. With luncheon to follow.
In Lieu of flowers please donate in Fred’s name to Abundant Life’s Extend A Blessing Ministries.

A Celebration Of Life to honor Fred will be at 11:00a.m., Tuesday, December 14th, at Abundant Life Church, 17421 SE Hemrich Rd. Damascus, OR 97089. With luncheon to follow.
In Lieu of flowers please donate in Fred’s name to Abundant Life’s Extend A Blessing Ministries.

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