Douglas H. Fredlund, 61, of Cambridge died of complications of pneumonia October 25, 2013 at U of M Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis.
Doug was born July 23,1952 in Braham, Minn., graduated from Cambridge-Isanti High School, and spent much of his life in the Cambridge area. The oldest son of Jerry and Audrey Fredlund, he worked at the family Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealership, ran his own rust proofing business, flew as a commercial pilot, graduated from Brown Institute, and worked as a radio announcer at stations in Cambridge, Princeton, Pine City, Indiana, North Dakota, Minneapolis, and most recently as midday host at KBEK-fm in Mora. He was previously employed at Industries Inc., Custom Research Inc., and graduated from Metropolitan State University in 1995. Doug took community service very seriously and was active in local and state Jaycees, served on the Isanti County Fair Board, and the local Airport Commission. He was named to Outstanding Young Men of America and played his bass guitar with area bands, starting at age 13 with the Good Cheer Guild. Doug loved hunting, fishing, Swedish culture, aviation, computers, the blues, trips to Canada, cabins, and gourmet cooking.
Doug made medical history when, in 1996 he was kept alive on the heart transplant waiting list for six months with a left ventricle assist device and received a heart transplant. Seventeen wonderfully healthy years followed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by wife, Linda Dietz Fredlund of Cambridge, sons Larry (Dina) of Isanti and Steve (Tracy) of North Branch, grandchildren Joshua, Kiely, Amelia, Christopher, Ryan, Annie, and Patrick (Laura) , Samantha, Becca, and Willy Lillemo, and great grandchildren Emily and Leanna Lillemo. Survivors include his siblings Connie (Jim) Lindberg, Nancy (Dale) Anderson, and Michael (Wendy) Fredlund, all from Cambridge, and uncles, aunts, in-laws, cousins, friends and golden retriever Inga.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, November 1, 2013 at Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Andy Romstad officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be a private burial in the church cemetery. Refreshments and musical fellowship will follow at church. Online condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge. www.caringbridge.org.