Duane Evar Fredrickson
May 24, 1939 – Aug. 6, 2020
LINDSBORG — Duane Evar Fredrickson passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at his home. He was 81.
Through his words and his actions, he was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Duane was born May 24, 1939, in Osage City, the son of the late Harold and Olive (Anderson) Fredrickson. He was raised on a farm in Osage County and graduated from Osage High School in 1957. He earned B.A and B.S degrees from Kansas State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
He married Nancy Harris Aug. 18, 1963, in Kirkwood, Mo. She survives of the home.
After finishing medical school, he joined the U.S. Air Force Medical Service attaining the rank of captain. He was stationed with Nancy, daughter Julie, and son Scott, in Wakkanai, Japan from 1967 to 1969. After his serving his country, Duane and his family settled in Lindsborg.
Duane served Lindsborg and the surrounding communities as a family physician, at Lindsborg Rural Health Clinic, medical director at Lindsborg Community Hospital, and medical director at Bethany Home. He educated medical students as a volunteer clinical instructor and a host for the Rural Preceptor program for the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He was awarded the 2009 Kansas Family Physician of the Year presented by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. Duane retired in January 2010.
Duane said the best way to be happy in life is to do something each day for others. He supported his community as a board member and president of the Smoky Valley Historical Association, board member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Bethany College, The Associated Churches of Lindsborg (TACOL), and the Lindsborg Tree Board. He served as a member of Lindsborg Sister City Committee, Sandzen Gallery Membership Committee, Scenic Byway Trail Committee, and Bethany Lutheran Church Social Committee.
Duane honored his Swedish heritage as president of the American Scandinavian Association of the Great Plains and director of the Lindsborg Folkdanslag that performs traditional Swedish folk dances in Lindsborg, the Midwest, and Sweden. He enjoyed singing as a tenor in the Messiah chorus and as a member of the Mennonite Men’s Choir. He volunteered for the Central Kansas Conservancy, Meadowlark Trail, Coronado Heights Park, Raymer Garden, and bike repair at the TACOL Thrift Shop. Duane was a Master Gardner and enjoyed outdoor activities including bicycling, hiking and wood chopping. He made up fantastic tales for his grandchildren and was always encouraging others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Fredrickson, and brother-in-law Lloyd Switzer.
Continuing to honor his memory are his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Julie Messmer (Mike), Olathe; a son, Scott Fredrickson (Andi), Olathe; seven grandchildren, Kerstin, Annika, and Kajsa Messmer, John and Bradley Fredrickson and Micah and Ethan Doughty; a sister, Marlene Switzer; a sister-in-law, Patricia Fredrickson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, private family funeral and interment services will be held Saturday, Aug.15.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lindsborg Community Health Care Foundation, Fredrickson Outdoor Fitness Park and Smokey Valley Historical Association and sent in care of Crick-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, KS 67456.
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