Fred’s adolescent years instilled in him a strong moral fabric that would guide him throughout his lifetime. After proudly serving in the US Navy during World War Two, Fred attended Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pa. where he met his future wife of 66 years, Dorothy (Stets).
After attending a machinists training school, his career spanned from being a tool designer at Curtiss-Wright, a tool analyst at AVCO Lycoming and a manufacturing engineer at Royal Typewriter before becoming the purchasing manager at TRUMPF in Farmington.
Fred enjoyed travel, golf and time spent at the beach. He was particularly proud of the sizable vegetable garden he tended in his backyard. His marriage to Dorothy, who predeceased him in 2018, was a true partnership of love, caring and support for each other and their children Brian Kobylarz of Norwich, CT, Jeffrey Kobylarz of New York City, NY and Diane Kobylarz of Farmington, CT. Fred shared a special bond with his sister Ruth Rabel, her husband Steve of Gaffney, South Carolina and his niece Mary Ann Huber of Swansboro, North Carolina.