ROBERT W. 'MIKE' FREDRICHS Robert W. "Mike" Fredrichs of Bella Vista, Arkansas, was born on January 1, 1934 in Eagle River, Wisconsin. He graduated from St. Norbert College and joined the Navy where he was a Carrier Pilot and retired as a Commander. He also served as the Director of Aviation at the Johnson County (KS) Industrial and Executive Airports before retiring to Bella Vista. Mike leaves behind Gloria, his wife of 52 1/2 years; his son, Kirk, of Verona, WI; and his daughter Kelly, her husband, Joe Proctor, and his beloved grandchildren, Kelsey, Lindsey, Jake, and Macy Proctor of Overland Park, KS. He is also survived by his brother, Pat Fredrichs and his wife, Susie, of Marble, NC, along with many nieces and nephews. A member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus & American Legion, Mike had a long battle with emphysema until February 10, 2014. Services will be at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Circle of Life at Legacy Village (1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR 72712) or St. Bernard Church (1 St. Bernard Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715).

Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 12, 2014