Russell Fredrickson, 1933-2017

Published 12:03 am Thursday, August 10, 2017

Funeral services for Russell Fredrickson, 83, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. David Emmons will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Russell Fredrickson

Russ died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Community. Russell Elling Fredrickson was born Aug. 27, 1933, on the family farm in Gordonsville, the son of Elling and Ida (Flatness) Fredrickson. He grew up in the Gordonsville and Glenville area.

He attended country school through eighth grade, when his father became ill and the farm needed to be tended to. On Aug. 26, 1956, Russ married Eva Turbett at the Methodist church in Glenville.

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Russ was a farm hand for Petrans Farm for many years. He then worked for Nelson Sanitation-Stadheim Sanitation-Waste Management until retirement. After a few years, he decided to return to work doing maintenance at Edgewater Park for Albert Lea Park and Recreation Department and spent 13 years in the utility department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. After his second retirement, he became the caregiver for Eva.

Russ was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed collecting cars and trucks. In his later years, Russ enjoyed putting together puzzles, framing them and exhibiting them at the Freeborn County Fair, winning multiple blue ribbons. When out and about at the mall or the grocery store, he liked to visit with friends. Russ had a wonderful sense of humor and a smile to share with everyone. Russ was proud of his six children. He always wanted to know what was going on in their lives from childhood through adulthood. Russ always had a story to share with all. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa.

Russell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eva, of Albert Lea; children Kevin Fredrickson of California, Jodi (Humberto) Fredrickson of Albert Lea, Mary (Mike) Nelson of Albert Lea, Wendy (Keith) Weiss of Glenville, Alan (Heidi) Fredrickson of Adams and Cari (Chris) Goldman of New Market; grandchildren Traci Bothum, Tanya Gomez, Amanda (Andrew) Irvine, Ethan (Ashley Stewart) Weiss, Ryan Goldman, Christina Cruz, Katya Fredrickson, Anna Cruz, Mikayla Fredrickson and Alex Goldman; step-grandchildren Michael Sjobolm, Travis (Jessi) Nelson, Kelsey Nelson, Nathen Wagner and Jeremy Wagner; great-grandchildren Murnico, Salvador, Devon and Hannah Gomez, Marawan Bothum and Cecelia Irvine; step-great-grandchildren Ryleigh, Taylor, Arielle, Natalia and Noah Nelson and Darien and Liesel Wagner; and many cousins and special friends at Senior Towers.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents Elling and Ida; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jay and Minnie Turbett; and daughter-in-law, Tami Fredrickson.

“Our family would like to thank the second floor north staff at St. John’s and the hospice team for helping make Russ feel comfortable and all the care that was shown to him. But most of all, a big thank you for the loving care given to dad before he entered St. John’s by our sister, Jodi,” Russell’s family said.