Our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Fred R. Wasson, passed away quietly in his home this morning at 1:45am.

Fred lived his entire life in the Alexander Valley, from his first breath to his last. He and his wife of 72 years, Ruby, instilled a passion for family and farming in their four daughters, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Fred was often described as a “character” with his jovial personality. He was smart, inquisitive, and had the rosiest cheeks you ever saw. He was the kind of man who left a lasting impression and he was loved and respected by many. Fred also leaves behind a legacy of hard work, a strong sense of ethics and principles, and the land he loved–long after he retired, he still took a daily drive through his vineyards to ensure all was well.

Our stories of Fred’s life could go on forever and our memories of this wonderful man always will.

Frederick Richard Wasson

November 19, 1918 – January 2, 2012

Fred and Ruby take a ride (1960)

The view from Fred and Ruby’s porch when the land was still planted to prunes (circa 1960).

Fred stood between his son-in-law, Bill, and his grandson, Bret, on the bottling line, happy to see how his life’s work had led to a new venture– winemaking under the Munselle Vineyards label.

Fred with Reta, the youngest of his four daughters. He was so proud of them all.