Mark Dana Frederiksen (1955 - 2015)

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The Celebration of Life Memorial Graveside Services for Mark D. Frederiksen, 60, was conducted by Pastor Keith Menter on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery in Elk Horn. Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Mark Dana Frederiksen, the son of Darrell and Lenore (Lange) Frederiksen, was born June 22, 1955, in Atlantic, and died Oct. 2, 2015, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 60 years, 3 months, and 10 days.
Mark was baptized and confirmed at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. He attended Elk Horn Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1973.
On Aug. 22, 1973, he was united in marriage to Pat McLaughlin at the First Presbyterian Church in Audubon. Two daughters Jennifer and Amy were born to this union. During his working life Mark managed several different restaurants in various communities, was a computer programmer for several years, and was a service manager for an auto dealership until he had to retire due to his failing health.
Mark enjoyed anything mechanical. He had the ability to fix or restore just about everything. It was always said that "if it puked oil and smelled like gas he liked it." Mark actually built his own backhoe from scrap metal and took it to the Iowa State Fair and won second place for his efforts. He was always singing to Pat and enjoyed sharing and passing on his wisdom to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mark enjoyed attending the Iowa State Fair and attending "Swap Meets." Everything he purchased may have seemed like junk but could someday become a collector's item.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents Adolph Lange, Emery and Edna Frederickson and Chris and Anna Frederiksen; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Russell and Dorothy McLaughlin.
Survivors include his wife Pat Frederiksen of Ashland, Neb.; his daughters Jennifer and husband George Smith, III and Amy Valadez all of Omaha, Neb.; his grandchildren Jayson Smith and Jacob Smith, Jayde Valadez and Jaxyn Valadez all of Omaha, Neb.; his parents Darrell and Lenore Frederiksen of Elk Horn; his brother Paul Frederiksen of Walnut; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Holly Miller and Kirk and wife Karen McLaughlin all of Lake of the Ozarks, Verna and husband Tom Huiskamp of Salt Lake City, Utah, Laury and husband Kevin Cusick of Vermillion, S.D., and Jamie and Joel David of Glidden; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
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Kessler Funeral Home
515 S Division St
Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23, 2015