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~ William Cody aka Buffalo Bill





R. I. P. Fred Oldfield
March 18, 1918 – February 24, 2017

      Celebrate the Amazing Life of “Cowboy Fred” as the world knew him, on June 11th – 11am - Agriplex Building ~ South West corner of the Puyallup Fairgrounds at the Green Gate. Artists: If you ever took a class with Fred, or at the Center or showed with Fred, please bring a small piece of your art to be a part of the program. 
    The Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center will be open following the Celebration for you to enjoy Fred's work.

                                                                                      (photo courtesy Joella Oldfield)

     A 99th Birthday "Party" Fundraiser for Fred was planned before he became ill and passed on. That event will still be held Saturday morning, March 17, 2017 in the Heritage Center at 8 a.m. For more information please go to Fred's Memorial Birthday.

Joella Remembers her Amazing “Daddy”

       From Joella Oldfield
       February 2017

     “Cowboy Fred,” as the world knows him, has left us to start his next painting adventure. I just know he’s dancing with my beautiful Mother and celebrating with ...all those he has loved and lost over his almost 99 years!
     "There are no words ~ just no words, to express the loss of the most amazing Daddy, Grandfather, Husband, Friend, Artist and “Gramps to hundreds of children”. I am filled with gratitude for the blessing of so many years, days, hours and moments filled with extraordinary memories. There was nothing normal or ordinary about being the daughter of Fred Oldfield and why I was the lucky one to have had that privilege I will never know, but I have thanked God thousands of times!
    "I know you all have wonderful memories and many funny stories of your own ~ Daddy was like that ~ he touched so many lives. So please take those memories and hold them close, share them, treasure them and may they give you comfort and joy.
    "Our family wants to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have been with us on this journey ~ some of you for years and some of you for only days. We know his impact was mighty! So, thank you for the love, cards, calls and prayers.
    "Fred’s 99th Birthday Celebration Breakfast will go on as planned, nothing was more important to him than a place for the kids to learn about art and the old west.
    "A memorial is planned for June 11. Please know we will continue to Celebrate Daddy for years to come. Keep an eye on the sky dear Friends, I know Daddy will be sending us some gorgeous breathtaking scenes very soon. My heart is filled with love and gratitude for you!"

The Celebration of Life for "Cowboy Fred"
ill be Held Sunday, June 11 at 11 a.m.
at the Fairgrounds in the AgroPlex
Building on the SW Corner of the Fairgrounds

Call us for Parking Info Etc.
253.752.9708 or 253.445.9175


Fred Oldfield "Grandfather" of the Eatonville Art Festival...

                                                                       (photo courtesy Joella Oldfield)

     Fred Oldfield worked on a painting for the Eatonville Lions Art Festival Quick Draw auction. Fred made his home near the gateway to Mount Rainier National Park decades ago before moving to Puyallup. His daughter, Joella, long time director of the art festival graduated from Eatonville High School.
    When the Lions made the decision to hold an art festival Fred was the first big-name artist to commit to the event. Last year was the festival's 45th year and Fred attended every year from the beginning. The festival won't be the same without his easygoing, jovial presence.
    During the celebration of the festivals 40th year in 2011 Fred was honored as the "Grandfather" of the event. See photos and story
Fred Oldfield Honored as "Grandfather" of Eatonville Lions 40th Art Festival
    Fred never met a stranger, was always generous with his time and made friends everywhere he went. He was a witty man who never let fame go to his head.
    He will always be missed.

Fred Always Made Friends, Here he Chats with Carole Smith at His Heritage Center...

     Carole Smith visited with Fred at his Western Heritage & Art Center at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Carole's late father-in-law was the great artist Ralph Crosby Smith who painted for many magazines including military, hunting and fishing magazines. Carole has "lots of his originals hanging on her walls," according to her companion Eatonville long time resident Arlen Paranto.
    Crosby-Smith was a close friend of the famous artist western artist and illustrator John Clymer, who has a large collection at Ellensburg's Clymer museum. Clymer was born in Ellensburg. (photo by Arlen Paranto)

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