OBITUARY

Fred H. Skogsberg

January 31, 1945November 6, 2018
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Age 73 of St. Paul.

Fred was preceded in death by parents, Emil & Elvina Skogsberg.

Fred will be deeply missed by his wife, Betty; son, Bryan (Jean); daughter, Carrie (Brad); grandchildren, Stefaun, Tony, Nicole, Shaun, James; six great-grandchildren; sister, Gaynell (Mel). Fred was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation will take place on Friday, Nov. 9 at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Ave, St. Paul from 5-8pm and again one hour prior to service. Funeral service on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11am at Wulff Funeral Home. Interment at Sunset Cemetery, Minneapolis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Fred was preceded in death by Parents, Emil & Elvina Skogsberg.

    He will be deeply missed by his Wife, Betty; Son, Bryan (Jean); Daughter, Carrie (Brad); Grandchildren, Stefaun, Tony, Nicole, Shaun, James; six Great-Grandchildren; Sister, Gaynell (Mel).
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Stefaun Skogsberg
  • Tony Marusenko
  • James Skogsberg
  • Shaun Kelley
  • Jake Munsch
  • Marty Holum

Services

  • Evening Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Fred H. Skogsberg

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Terri Erickson

November 8, 2018

Betty and family, I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. What a sweet, gentle soul. I will always remember Fred and Betty during their dating years. Fred will be greatly missed. Hugs to all. Love, Terri

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Fred H. Skogsberg. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Fred was a was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

Fred was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the son of Emil and Elvina Skogsberg. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Fred's personality throughout his life.

Fred was raised with two siblings. He had an older sister, Gaynell, and a half-brother, Stanley.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Fred was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Fred was always tactful. One thing Fred will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go, especially for fishing or hunting. As a young boy, Fred had a number of interests and was an active child. Fred was a boy scout and took part in speed skating. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. One of Fred's memorable achievements included skipping school in kindergarten.

Fred graduated from South High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1963. He enjoyed some courses more than others. His greatest high school achievement is graduating, ready to put school behind him.

Fred was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Fred was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Fred was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Fred was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Fred was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Fred made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Ron Larson, Doug Moscowitz and David Feldstein. Later in life, he became friends with Herman Beutow, Jim Murphy, Marty Holum, Rollo Anderson & Larry Lathrop.

Fred was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around him. Fred cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On Janurary 21st, 1967 Fred married Betty Jane Minikus at St. Johns Great Catholic of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Compassionate and devoted, Fred worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

Harmony was important to Fred and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Fred was blessed with two children, daughter Carrie and son Bryan. He was also blessed with five grandchildren, Stefaun, Tony, Nicole, Shaun and James. Fred was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding.

Taking his work seriously came naturally to Fred, and he expected the same from those around him. Fred was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Fred was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Fred handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was plaster/tender and business agent for Local 111. He was employed 34 years with the Laborers International Union of North America. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

Blessed with a practical nature, Fred was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Fred was a Navy veteran. He was in the Traron 28, NAS, of Corpus Christi, Texas from 1965 to 1967. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private E-3. He received several awards including a National Defense Service Medal.

Fred was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than watching his grandchildren participating in sports. Fred was always enthusiastic and proud while sitting in the crowd cheering them on. Some recreational sports Fred himself participated in included golfing, fishing and hunting. Fred also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Vikings, Twins, Wild and enjoyed having golf on the TV when it was time for a nap.

Fred enjoyed travelling, some of his favorite vacations included Hawaii, Aruba, Crane Lake, Lake of the Woods, several fishing trips to Canada, and Elk hunting in Colorado.

Fred was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Shadow, a Black Labrador Retriever, who was a best friend for 13 years.

Since it was easy for Fred to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Fred was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2004. His new life involved relocating to Lake George (on the weekends). In retirement, he found new pleasure in camping, four wheeling and fishing with family and friends. Even in retirement, Fred stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances.

Fred passed away on November 6, 2018 at his home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fred battled with COPD and heart failure. He is survived by wife Betty, son Bryan and daughter Carrie, his grandchildren Stefaun, Tony, Nicole, Shaun and James, as well as six great grandchildren. Also survived by sister Gaynell and aunt Ruthie. Service to be held at Wulff Funeral Home and laid to rest at Sunset Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fred was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Fred was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Fred H. Skogsberg.