Frederick William Mingledorff, Jr., passed away peacefully at his home on July 29, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Savannah, Georgia on April 13, 1924, to his parents Frederick William Mingledorff Sr. and Inez Tippins Mingledorff. Fred grew up in Hinesville and graduated from Bradwell Institute in 1941. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18.
He served during World War II in the Pacific Ocean theater during the Battle of Guam and was invited to and attended the WW II honor flight in 2014. After the war, he returned to the States and attended North Georgia College, Furman University and finally the University of Georgia where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and became a lifelong Georgia Bulldog fan. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 271 for 75 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 168, The Hinesville VFW Post 6602, and the Clown Unit of the Alee Shrine. He was a founding member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church of Hinesville where he served as a Senior Warden. He was the owner of Hinesville Ford Company for 57 years before retiring at the age of 92. Fred has resided in Savannah since 1989 and was a faithful communicant of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at Skidaway Island.
Fred was a gentle spirit with an enormous capacity for quiet service and acts of kindness. He was a humble person who lived a life of purpose and was beloved by his family and many close friends. He loved his wife, Patty and family fiercely and made a point to tell and show them how proud he was of each one of them often.
Fred was a fixer who was known for being highly organized, and if you ever needed a tool to borrow, he had it. He was also a lover of animals, taking in many dogs and cats as well as feeding much of the neighborhood wildlife.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Julien E. Mingledorff. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, the Reverend Patty Schirm Mingledorff of Savannah; his two daughters, Ellen Mingledorff Gay of Savannah and Doris Bright Mingledorff and her husband Kenneth Boyd Brower of Greenville, South Carolina, and one son, Frederick William Mingledorff III and his wife Suzanne Harris Mingledorff of Colonels Island; six grandchildren, Alison Stall (Daniel), Joshua Hunter Gay, William Young Mingledorff (Skylar), Benjamin Everett Mingledorff, Larry McKinley Rowland III, Harrison Bright Rowland; and one great- grandchild, Jaxon William Stall.
The family wishes to thank Coastal Care Partners of Skidaway Island and Hospice Savannah for their extraordinary care and love.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Skidaway Island.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 5 at St Peter’s Episcopal Church at 11am. The family will receive friends after the service at a reception in the Parish Hall.
We are so sorry to hear of Fred passing away. Our deepest sympathy to Patty and the Mingledorf Family.
- John Henderson, Midway, GA
Few men impacted my life as did Fred. A dear friend of my family, I’ve known him as long as memory allows. His laughter and ability to create an atmosphere of high spirits were always there. My dad’s love for him extended to his boys; we all loved Mr. Mingledorff almost like a daddy. We laughed often at comedic events in our lives that he was aware of. I spoke with him a few months back; again we retold old stories that we’ve told over and over again, always drawing raucous laughter. He was the last of my daddy’s old friends, the last of an era, the last of his kind! I will miss him greatly! Clay Sikes Colonel’s Island
- Clay Sikes, Midway, Ga
Dear Patty I want to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Fred I know he is in God's hands now and I'll miss his acts of kindness. I miss both of you very much. He would bring me a rose to my register sometimes, or a bouquet. Thank you for letting me serve you down at Kroger. I do know what it's like to lose your husband and you think of where he's at and where he would be and what he'd say. God bless you and your family.
- Theresa Burke, Savannah, GA
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Mingledorff's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times when he would come over to my father's home in Savannah and take him out to dinner on Thursday evenings. My father was Murray Arkin, MD, and he adored Mr. Mingledorff. I'm not sure how they became so close as they have very different backgrounds, but they were both gentle souls with kind hearts. I would assume Mr. Mingledorff was a patient of my fathers years ago. My father was very lonely in Savannah and would always look forward to a meal with his good friend, Mr. Mingledorff. They lost touch when we moved Dad to Atlanta in 2019 and he passed in 2021, but he always spoke very highly of Mr. Mingledorff. May he rest in peace and hopefully these two beautiful souls are sharing a meal in heaven where they both very much belong.
- Jonathan Arkin, Atlanta, GA
So sorry for your loss
- Morrison, Ludowici, ga
Dear Patty and Family know my thoughts and prayers are with all and may God’s light shine upon you all now and always. Peace of the Lord be with you, Sandy Thompson
- Sandy Thompson, Longwood, Fl
Mrs. Patti, my prayers are with you and your family this day. You and Mr. Fred are such a pillar of many communities. God bless you and your family as you continue to share the Light of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Diamond Call, Hinesville, Georgia
Ellen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your father.
- Anne and James Byerly, Kansas City, MIssouri