Fred Binkley 1957-2023

Fred Binkley 1957-2023

Fred Alan Binkley went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 18, 2023. In finality of life, Fred was able to give the gift of life through organ donation.

He was born April 3, 1957, to James W. Binkley and Shirley A. Tanner Binkley in Clay Center. 

He moved to Topeka in 1974 and graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1975. On July 15, 1977, Fred married Karen K. White in Topeka and their son Adam was born in 1984.

Fred was an auto technician for Binkley’s Tire & Service Center, where he learned his trade from his uncle, Jerald Binkley. He later worked for Topeka Nissan and Bill Kobach Buick GMC until he was injured and became disabled in 1999.

Fred was a member of the Denison Bible Church and served as a deacon. He was also chairman of the Fellowship Committee. Fred was a volunteer fireman at Denison for nine years and coached baseball for his son, Adam. Fred hosted in his home a foreign exchange student from Venezuela in 2001-02. 

Fred was preceded in death by his father, James W. Binkley; mother, Shirley A. Binkley Tibbits; stepfather, Ben Tibbits; and sisters, Nancy A. McGee and Susan Shackelford. 

Survivors include his wife Karen of the home; son, Adam Binkley (Emily) and granddaughter, Adaly, all of Holton; brother, Kelly Binkley (Kim) of Topeka; and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Denison Bible Church. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Private family burial will be held at a later date at Denison Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Adaly Binkley Educational Fund c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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Holton, KS 66436
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