Clifford F. Fredricksen
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Great Falls —Clifford Fredrick Fredricksen, 81, of Great Falls, passed away Wednesday morning, October 16, 2013 at Missouri River Manor.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, October 21, 2013 at the VFW Post #1087 located at 4125 10th Avenue South at 1:00 pm. Inurnment with Military Honors will be held Tuesday, October 22 at 11:00 am at the Montana State Veteran's Cemetery in Fort Harrison.
Clifford was born in rural Montana near the Bear Paw Mountains in Hill County on May 26, 1932. Before entering the Army he worked as a cow puncher for Steve Boyce in the Bear Paws.
In his Army tour he served in the Korean War 1951 through 1953 and earned the rank of Sergeant First Class in ten months on the front lines. Clifford was a decorated serviceman with honors and medals including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V Device, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with 2 BSS, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Service Medal.
After Clifford's discharge he worked on various ranches and later purchased his own livestock truck. He also rode bareback horses in rodeos and won a buckle for these accomplishments. On March 19, 1955, Clifford married Louella Campbell and the couple raised two sons and a daughter. He loved to go to rodeos and watch them on TV, especially the PBR Bull Riding. Clifford was very proud to be an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.
Clifford is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louella (Campbell) Fredricksen; son Keith Fredrick Fredricksen and his wife, Charlotte of Great Falls; son David Michael Fredricksen and his wife, Rhonda Campanella of San Antonio, TX; daughter Debra Marie Hinkle of Havre; and special neice Diana (Dan) Widhalm of Butte; six grandchildren Dustin W. Fredrick Fredricksen of Clyde Park, Lawni (Jason) Raether of Washington, DC, Sierra don Fredricksen and Tryston Chrystome Fredricksen both of Bridger, Kari (Tony) McFarland of Missoula, and Cory (Melissa) Hoover of Kalispel; 3 great-grandsons and 6 great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara (Putra) Fredricksen; father Olaf Fredricksen; brothers Alfred and Clarence Fredricksen; sister Olive Fredricksen Dumas; infant son Wayne Lee Fredricksen; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 19, 2013