Fred Winston Inman, 88, of Belle Plaine and formerly of Mankato, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Kingsway Retirement Facility in Belle Plaine. Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine with Pastor Ed Fredrich officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Friday.
Fred was born on March 30, 1931 in Mountain Home, AR to Fred Waldo and Mary (Smith) Inman. He married the love of his life, Betty Waller on December 19, 1955 in Richmond, CA and in 1958 he received his Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley. Fred then became a professor in order to continue to share his passion with others. Fred was a Physics Professor at Mankato State University for much of his career and enjoyed spending time and working with his students. He and his wife Betty often hosted foreign exchange students in their home. After Fred retired, they moved to Shakopee to be closer to their daughter.
Fred was fascinated with anything and everything that pertained to Physics. He was interested in aviation and for a time had a private pilot’s license and owned an experimental aircraft. Fred was friendly to all and enjoyed a wry sense of humor, especially jokes involving puns. He also had a life-long passion for music, and enjoyed playing the French horn in the Minnesota Valley Community Band. His Christian faith was his foundation, and his soul was gentle. He was a kind-hearted, generous and patient man.
Fred is survived by his daughter, Becky (Harlan) Scott of Belle Plaine; son, Fred Warren (Teresa) Inman of DuPont, WA; grandchildren, Bill (Nicole) Inman, Kelly (Dan) Symanietz, James Inman, Courtney Scott, and Teresa Lindskog; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jacob, Collin, Hadley, Riley, Judith, Essance, and Jeremiah; great-great-granddaughter, Aaliyah; sister, Mary Ellen Spink of Eugene, OR; and sister-in-law, Barbara Holley of Midlothian, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Betty in 2008.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are welcome to send memorials in Fred’s honor to the American Cancer Society: (950 Blue Gentian Rd Ste 100, Eagan, MN 55121).