AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Carl “Red” Fredrickson of Mora, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at his home. He was 66 years old.
GATHERING OF FAMILY & FRIENDS will be held from 3:00-6:00 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
Carl “Red” Edwin Fredrickson Jr. passed away on Sunday, January 20th 2018 at the home he shared with his wife, in Mora. He was 66 years old.
Red was born on February 24, 1952 at St.Luke’s hospital in Duluth, MN to Carl Edwin and Adelia Mardell (Odegard) Fredrickson. He was the oldest of two sons. Red grew up and attended schools in McGregor, MN graduating from McGregor High School in 1970.
He met Barb Ronich in McGregor and the two were wed on August 10, 1985. To this union, their one and only child was born, Melissa. Her and her father had a special bond from day one; they weren’t just father and daughter, but best friends.
While in school, Red worked for the pallet factory, Fulton’s Standard Station and for Carol Raveil at his station. After graduating, he worked various other jobs from hauling logs, drain oil and many other trucking jobs including driving over the road. He also owned both Red’s Pallet Service and Red’s Welding & Repair. Red proudly joined the Operating Engineers Local 49 Union on September 1st, 1972. He worked for many companies including Barton, Atlas, Lunda Bridge and Oscar J. Boldt operating crane and other heavy equipment. Red was forced to retire in 1986 from the 49ers due to an irreparable knee injury. In October 1988, Red, Barb and their infant daughter moved from Circle Pines, MN to Mora, MN. Red went on to own and operate Red’s Sand and Gravel for many years before selling his equipment and retiring for good in 1997.
Red spent his retirement working on old trucks and tractors, putzing in his dream garage, going on drives with Missy, his “Pooh Bear,” and going around visiting with his friends. Red lived for his beloved family and friends and to make those around him laugh. He is the type of man that would go without to give to someone else. His contagious laugh and gift for story telling will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Red is preceded in death by his father, Edwin.
He is survived by his wife Barb of Mora, his daughter Missy (Jon) of North Branch, mother Mardell of McGregor, brother Ray of Mora, former son in law Nate (Jolene )Pojanowski, of Big Lake; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
A special thank you to Saint Croix Hospice and their amazing staff for the excellent care and support they provided Red and his family. Also, to the Mora Fire Department for their part in ensuring Red’s safety and dignity after his passing.