Donald Fredrichs, age 85, of Wall Lake, IA, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, IA. Born August 9, 1932, near Carnarvon, IA, the son of Fred and Henrietta (Poen) Fredrichs, he graduated from Viola #6, a country school east of Carnarvon, and from Lake View High School in 1951. Don played football, basketball, and baseball while in school, and was team captain in all three sports.
On February 22, 1953, Don married Evelyn Peters in Lake View, IA, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with five children: Sandra, Susan, Delane, Sherry, and Sally.
Don was a member of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Carnarvon all his life. He served as a Sunday School teacher, Elder, and Trustee there for many years. Don also served as secretary and sexton of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Cemetery Association.
Don served in the Korean War from 1953-1954 on the DMZ Line with the 235th Fields Artillery Observation Battalion and was then sent to Japan for five months with the 92nd Armour Field Artillery Battalion. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Wall Lake for over 50 years, as well as Commander for a number of years.
Don was a farmer through and through. He farmed near Breda, Wall Lake, and Carnarvon. After 38 years of farming, Don retired and he and Evelyn moved to Wall Lake. He served on many boards and was involved in many organizations throughout his life. Don served as the American Legion State Youth Baseball Chairman and 9th District Baseball Chairman, was a Boys State Staff Member at Camp Dodge, was on the board of directors at Twilight Acres representing his church, was a member of the National Farmers Organization serving as Sac County President and 5th District President, was a Viola Township Trustee on the ASCS Viola Township Committee, and was a 60 Plus secretary for six different sites for many years.
Don loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include: wife Evelyn Fredrichs of Wall Lake, IA; son Delane (Linda) Fredrichs of Kingsport, TN, daughters Sandra (Randy) Aschinger of Lake View, IA, Susan (Ken) Barney of Lake View, IA, Sherry (Jeff) Kruse of Wall Lake, IA, Sally (John) Young of Mt. Ayr, IA, Melia Santos of FL, and Norma Stolet of Rio de Janiero, Brazil; brother Ray (Jan) Fredrichs of Carnarvon, IA; sisters Delores Freed of Dakota Dunes, SD, and Sophia Fredricks of Des Moines, IA; sisters-in-law Marilyn Fredrichs of Carnarvon, IA, and Marjorie Reinhart of Lake View, IA; brother-in-law Roger (Rita) Peters of Lake View, IA; grandchildren Tim (Jessica) Aschinger of Lake View, IA, Grant (Megan) Aschinger of Holstein, IA, Steven (Elizabeth) Aschinger of Bondurant, IA, Michelle (Steve) Thompson of West Des Moines, IA, Brian Mein of Lake View, IA, Matthew (Sandra) Lincoln of Kingsport, TN, Amanda Crisp of Kingsport, TN, Trisha Buchanan of Johnson City, TN, Jennifer Fredrichs of Kingsport, TN, Nathan (Barb) Kruse of Papillion, NE, Nicolle (Juston) Ledger of Pella, IA, Noah Kruse of Altoona, IA, Nichelle (Joel) Weiler of Pella, IA, and John and Will Young of Mt. Ayr, IA; great-grandchildren Ryan, Reese, Zoey, Jayna, Pryce, Suttyn, Devon, Logan, Wesley, Lindsey, James, Liam, Brittney, Tiffany, Bailey, Ethan, Landon, and Jayda.
Don is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Herman, Leonard, and Leroy; sister Grace Bruns; brothers-in-law Ted Bruns, Eugene Freed, Lyle Onken, Wes Bettin, Maynard Reinhart, and James M. Peters; sisters-in-law Buelah Onken and Laverna Bettin.