Richard K. "Dick" Frederick

February 1, 1928August 20, 2013
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Richard K. “Dick” Frederick, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday August 20, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on February 1, 1928 in Lewistown, IL., the son of Burley and Ethel Mae Dorethy Frederick. Richard married Wanita Curless in Detroit, Michigan on December 30, 1950 and she survives.

Mr. Frederick is also survived by his daughter Lynn (Tom) Puls of Springfield, and his two granddaughters: Brianna (Jordan) Laier of Springfield and Brittany King of Chicago. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Dick was a US Navy Veteran serving in World War II aboard the destroyer escort USS Tomich (DE-242) and the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (LAH-1) and he also served in Korea. After his return to Springfield he owned and operated Dick’s Electric for forty seven years. Mr. Frederick was a member of Tyrian Lodge #333 AF&AM, Springfield Consistory, and an active ANSAR Shrine member where he was the Ansar Legion of Honor Commander in 1985 and he served as the Coordinator of Transportation for many years. Dick served as the President of the Springfield Home Builders Association and the Springfield Electrical Commission, he was a member of Westside Christian Church, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Monday August 26, 2013 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen, and burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct Military Honors. The family will meet friends from 2:00-5:00pm Sunday at the funeral home and a Masonic service conducted by Tyrian Lodge #333 AF&AM will start at 5:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Ansar Temple Building Fund, and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Masonic Service Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 26, 2013

Richard K. "Dick" Frederick

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Leigh Anne Wheeler

August 27, 2013

Brenda just told me about your Dad and I am so sorry. Thinking of you and the girls.

Jim Stevens

August 27, 2013

So very sorry for your loss at this time. If I can help in anyway please let me know.


Jim Stevens and family

Mary Robison

August 27, 2013

I will miss you a lot. I enjoyed talking to you and teasing you over the 32 years I knew you. Those 19 & 1/2 years I rented from you and Wanita where great years. You both where not only great landlords, but like parents to me and especially great friends. I remember you said you had a dog that looked like my Sanky. I'm sure they will be greeting you to give you their love and comfort. Wanita I know you are hurting, but God is with you. You also have a wonderful family and many great friends. I am here for you so call if you need anything. Remember you are a very special lady.

Brenda Edwards

August 26, 2013

Lynn my friend, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. My best wishes to your mother as well. Let me know if there's anything you need or anything I can do.

Donna Matthews

August 26, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you and your mom. Hope your many happy memories help you through the pain of losing your dad. hugs, Donna Matthews

Margaret Post Niederer

August 26, 2013

Wanita, I was saddened to learn today of your husband's death. May the Lord grant you and your family comfort in the days ahead.

Karen Kleinhans

August 26, 2013

The the special girls in his life, my deepest condolences. Wanita, what a great life the two of you had. Lynn, he was a priceless Daddy to his Little Girl. And Brittany and Brianna, what a great Grampy he was and a great model for you to know what to look for in a good man. I will miss his twinkling eyes! He did so enjoy the dogs when we lived next door, and I do believe that Jay "the black one" was there to greet him at the Gate!

Sandy DeNotto

August 26, 2013

Lynn: I was so sorry to hear about the death of your dad. He was such a wonderful, funny man and I loved hearing about his adventures while at the Hair Shanty. I'll keep your whole family in my thoughts. Sandy

Sandy McCollum

August 26, 2013

Mrs. Frederick, Lynn, Brianna, Brittany and family; So many times in the days, weeks, months and years ahead you'll want to reach out to your husband, father, grandfather. Even though you won't be able to see him, he will hear you. He showed that in the moon. Love from all of my family to yours.

August 26, 2013

Lynn, so sorry to hear about your dad. I will always remember him and his sense of humor. Hope that you, your mom and the girls are coping as well as possible. You are all in my thoughts. Love, Marylou