Herb C. FrederickHerb C. Frederick passed peacefully from this world at his home on the Estero River in Estero, Fla., on Dec. 31, 2013 in the company of his long-time friend and partner, Helen Oberg Swartz.
Herb C. Frederick passed peacefully from this world at his home on the Estero River in Estero, Fla., on Dec. 31, 2013 in the company of his long-time friend and partner, Helen Oberg Swartz.
The son of Otto and Jeannette Frederick, Herb was born in Detroit Lakes, Minn., on April 9, 1929.
His parents were in the process of relocating to Duluth where his father had obtained work as a machine operator at the Steel Plant in Morgan Park.
Herb grew up in Morgan Park and Smithville, graduated from Morgan Park High School, attended UMD and graduated with a degree in Business from Duluth Junior College. In his youth he was active in Boy Scout Troop 12 and was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and the clarinet. Herb was a lifelong energetic entrepreneur starting with the purchase, reconditioning and sale of many bicycles during World War II and at the same time operating large wide spread Duluth Herald Newspaper routes in collaboration with his mother.
Herb and Jean Harkison (now Jean Knutson) who taught physical education at Morgan Park High School were married on June 30, 1951 and are the parents of three sons.
Having worked at the Standard Oil Station in Morgan Park during high school and college, Herb opened a new Standard Oil Station at 7802 Grand Avenue in 1953. Herb's Standard became an award winning Standard Oil franchise based on extreme cleanliness, quality service and the sale of a large volume of Atlas tires. Herb operated other businesses including an auto salvage yard, a Mr. Softee franchise and with his long-time partner Don Polla operated Skyline Motors. After Don's retirement, Herb continued to operate Skyline Motors until late summer of 2013. With several close friends, Herb built and raced meticulously maintained stock cars at the Duluth Speedway in Norton Park and later at the Proctor Fairgrounds.
Herb married Jean Aubin in the late 1960s. They enjoyed many years at their Island Lake home where they entertained friends and family with boating, bocce and snowmobiling. Jean Aubin Frederick died of cancer in 1993.
In these last years, Herb enjoyed the warm weather of southwest Florida where he and Helen became friends with local Floridians and snowbirds from Canada and many states east of the Missouri River.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents and Jean Aubin Frederick.
He is survived by Helen Oberg Swartz; sons David Frederick of Los Angeles, Thomas Frederick (Mary) of Sioux Falls, Scott Frederick (Terry) of West Des Moines; their mother, Jean Knutson of Sioux Falls; grandchildren Kevin (Roxanne) Frederick of Esko, Joanna Arbic of Zimmerman, Karli and Jacob Frederick of Los Angeles, Sam Frederick of Sioux Falls, Janet Frederick of San Jose, Alyssa (Patrick) Fitzpatrick of Des Moines, Kinsey Frederick of Des Moines; great-grandchildren Austin, Millie, Rosie, Gavin, Gage and Eliana; Herb's brother Harold (Ruth) Frederick, Duluth and their children, Julie Frederick (Tim) Metos, Adam (Cynthia) Frederick and Emily Frederick (Jeff) Boyd.
Herb is also survived by Helen's family (his second family) son Dave (Lori) Swartz; daughters Debbie (Tim Sander) Swartz, Holly (Kipp Porath) Swartz and Heidi Swartz; grandchildren Jenny, Jessie and McKenzie.
MEMORIAL CELEBRATION: is planned for Duluth area friends and family in May 2014. Memorials to Hermantown Community Church, 4880 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, Minnesota 55811.
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