John Henry Frederick, 68, found peace on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
He was born September 21, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second of seven children to Robert and Catherine (Lewis) Frederick. He attended Wildwood Catholic High School in North Wildwood, NJ and completed his GED shortly thereafter.
He worked his first job as a short order cook at The Jolly Roger coffee shop before deciding to serve his country. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1963 - 1967 and served on the USS Dehaven DD-727 during the Viet Nam War. He received an honorable discharge in 1967 and returned to his home in the United States where he was employed on the Cape Lewes Ferry. He was fortunate to attend the USS Dehaven reunion at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2010, where he was able to renew many lifelong friendships.
He married and fathered two sons, Mark Frederick, (Virginia) and John Frederick, (Oregon).
John began his love affair with flying in December of 1973. He served as Chief Flight Instructor at Elmendorf Air Force Base and Maxwell Air Force Base for a combined total of over 25 years. Flying for almost 40 years was his true passion in life and his contributions to the aviation community were admired by both civilian and military personnel. His attention to aviation instruction and safety earned him the prestigious title of Flight Instructor of the Year by AOPA for the state of Alaska in 1992.
John was an active member of the Elmendorf Aero Club, the American Foreign Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Locals 302 & 612 I.U.O.E., Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), ye Anciente and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen, National Association of Flight Instructors, and Alaska Airmen's Association. Many of his lifelong accomplishments included earning his Gold Seal Boiler Engineer License, Private Pilot, CFI, CFII, Multi-Engine and Floatplane Ratings.
John married Cathy Iliene Olson (Missy) in June of 2011. They were bonded as lifetime soul mates from the first moment they met in 1991 at the Elmendorf Aero Club hangar. They enjoyed long hours of fishing in their boat down at Seward, Alaska with lifelong friends who faithfully supported John during his illness. John shared that his fondest memories in life were spent practicing landings with "Missy" at Birchwood Airport on a moonlit night. His gentle manner and loving kindness was generously portrayed through his caring love for animals. Whether it was an eagle soaring overhead or a squirrel chirping at the back door, he always took time to appreciate his surroundings. The beauty of Alaska provided him with years of happiness, and after a recent move from Anchorage to the Mat-Su Valley, he was proud to establish Wasilla, Alaska as his final home. John loved planting flowers and bravely mustered up the strength, even after his illness had progressed, to assist with planting a tulip garden in memory of his beloved mother.
John is preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Edwin Frederick.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy; two sons, Mark (wife Donna), and Robert (wife Kim); brothers, Robert (wife Karla), Herbert, Bill (wife Donna); sisters, Mary (husband Bob), and Donna; sister-in-law, Kim Frederick; and several nieces and nephews.
John is now eternally at peace in Cold Springs Presbyterian Cemetery next to family members. His insatiable humor and sparkling wit will be sorely missed by all. Family requests that contributions be made in John's memory to the
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2013