Fred grew up on a dairy farm in Canton, NY with his mom and dad and 4 siblings. He came to Ithaca in 1972 to attend Cornell. He graduated in 1976 with a BS in agronomy. Fred responded to the gospel message after attending Love Inn (now Covenant Love Community Church) during his 2nd year at Cornell. He decided to stay in Ithaca after graduating so that he could grow in faith. He did various construction related jobs and then started the Fence Company in 1983. Siri and Fred were married in 1981 and have been blessed with 7 children.