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 Melvin Lyle “Mel” Frederick

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Melvin Lyle “Mel” Frederick

Birth
West Concord, Dodge County, Minnesota, USA
Death
19 Aug 2019 (aged 89)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial
Dodge Center, Dodge County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID
202377559 View Source

Melvin Lyle Frederick, 89, of Rochester, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019, of cancer, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
He was born November 24, 1929, in West Concord, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Martha (Pagel) Frederick. He grew up in West Concord where he graduated from high school in 1947. From a young age, Mel was an entrepreneur and actively involved in the community. He enlisted in the United States Army at age 19, where he bravely served in Korea for 18 months. Following his military service, he returned to West Concord and started Frederick’s Super Valu with his brother, Bert.
In the early 1950s, Mel met the love of his life, Donna Christopherson at a local community event. They were married on June 3, 1956, and raised their family in West Concord, where they lived until 1980. Mel was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1970 and served as a Senator for 20 years, working to pass dozens of laws, many of which are still active today. During his time in the Senate, he also worked as a stockbroker at Dain, Kalman and Quail until his retirement in 2004.
In retirement, Mel was actively involved in several organizations, including the 24th Infantry Association, where he served as past president, editor of The Taro Leaf publication, and frequent guest speaker at Association events. Mel was also a member and past potentate of the Osman Shriners, supporter of the Owatonna Country Club, West Concord Historical Society, the West Concord Businessmen’s Association, and many others.
Mel had a fondness for travel, boating, golfing and classic cars, and loved hosting family and friends at their home. His passion for traveling took the couple to dozens of countries on nearly every continent. He will be remembered as an entrepreneur, community leader, and beloved
family man who will be missed by family, friends, and the community alike.
Mel is survived by his children, Mitch (Debra) Frederick of Rochester, Debra Stadsklev of Bermuda Dunes, CA and Mike (Julie) Frederick of Eden Prairie; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Laura (Rod) Aliabadi, and Hans Frederick, Lindsey and Eric Stadsklev, and Adam, Dylan, and Samantha Frederick; great-granddaughter, Florence Alibadi; sister-in-law, Betty Kraayenbrink of Rochester and his beloved dog, Ozzie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Martha; wife, Donna and brothers, Charles and Bert.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, West Concord Chapel on Thursday, September 5th from 4:00-7:00 PM and at United Methodist Church, West Concord on Friday, September 6th from 9:30-10:30 AM. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 10:30 AM at United Methodist Church, West Concord with Joyce Parker officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the West Concord Historical Society. Inurnment with military honors by the Countywide Funeral Detail will be in Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center.
Memorial preferred to the West Concord Historical Society, or a charity of your choice.

Melvin Lyle Frederick, 89, of Rochester, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019, of cancer, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
He was born November 24, 1929, in West Concord, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Martha (Pagel) Frederick. He grew up in West Concord where he graduated from high school in 1947. From a young age, Mel was an entrepreneur and actively involved in the community. He enlisted in the United States Army at age 19, where he bravely served in Korea for 18 months. Following his military service, he returned to West Concord and started Frederick’s Super Valu with his brother, Bert.
In the early 1950s, Mel met the love of his life, Donna Christopherson at a local community event. They were married on June 3, 1956, and raised their family in West Concord, where they lived until 1980. Mel was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1970 and served as a Senator for 20 years, working to pass dozens of laws, many of which are still active today. During his time in the Senate, he also worked as a stockbroker at Dain, Kalman and Quail until his retirement in 2004.
In retirement, Mel was actively involved in several organizations, including the 24th Infantry Association, where he served as past president, editor of The Taro Leaf publication, and frequent guest speaker at Association events. Mel was also a member and past potentate of the Osman Shriners, supporter of the Owatonna Country Club, West Concord Historical Society, the West Concord Businessmen’s Association, and many others.
Mel had a fondness for travel, boating, golfing and classic cars, and loved hosting family and friends at their home. His passion for traveling took the couple to dozens of countries on nearly every continent. He will be remembered as an entrepreneur, community leader, and beloved
family man who will be missed by family, friends, and the community alike.
Mel is survived by his children, Mitch (Debra) Frederick of Rochester, Debra Stadsklev of Bermuda Dunes, CA and Mike (Julie) Frederick of Eden Prairie; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Laura (Rod) Aliabadi, and Hans Frederick, Lindsey and Eric Stadsklev, and Adam, Dylan, and Samantha Frederick; great-granddaughter, Florence Alibadi; sister-in-law, Betty Kraayenbrink of Rochester and his beloved dog, Ozzie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Martha; wife, Donna and brothers, Charles and Bert.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, West Concord Chapel on Thursday, September 5th from 4:00-7:00 PM and at United Methodist Church, West Concord on Friday, September 6th from 9:30-10:30 AM. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 10:30 AM at United Methodist Church, West Concord with Joyce Parker officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the West Concord Historical Society. Inurnment with military honors by the Countywide Funeral Detail will be in Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center.
Memorial preferred to the West Concord Historical Society, or a charity of your choice.


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