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Fred L. Coger

August 23, 1929 - October 3, 2020

Fred L. Coger, age 91, of Townsend, DE, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Born in Hardy, AR on August 23, 1929, he was the son of the late Claude and Lillian (McLean) Coger. Fred graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He started his career in 1960 as an Editor of The Philadelphia Bulletin in Philadelphia, PA, where he worked until 1982. Fred then worked as an Associate Editor of Newsweek Magazine in New York, NY until his retirement in 1996.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Toni Coger. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Frisbie (Lee) of Monument, CO and Susan Gepner (Steven) of Townsend; granddaughters, Nicole Evans of Parker, CO and Elizabeth Kirsten of Wake Forest, NC; and great grandchildren, Liam Kirsten, Timothy Kirsten and Catherine Kirsten.

All services will be held privately.

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  • I saw Fred’s name in The Inquirer death notices. Although it has been a very long time since I have seen him, I recognized his smile. I worked in advertising at The Bulletin. I hung out at the Pen & Pencil and wound up in the newsroom the night Nixon resigned. Fred was one of my favorite people. He was once of the nicest people I have ever met. When the Bulletin first closed, I kept in touch with John Farmer and until recently Craig Ammerman. I always asked about Fred. I am very sorry for your loss. I am sure all of you have a gaping hole in your hearts. He was someone anyone who crossed his path will always remember. I am glad he crossed mine.
    Linda Strauss