Raymond “Ray” Frericks, age 88, of Buffalo Lake, formerly Hector, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center in Buffalo Lake.
A Celebration of Life for Ray will be held at a later date.
Raymond “Ray” John Frericks was born on July 3, 1931, in Remsen, Iowa. He was the son of Frank and Bernadetta (Holgraffer) Frericks. Ray was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth. He attended St. Anne’s School in Wabasso, Redwood County, Minnesota.
On August 1, 1951, Ray was united in marriage to Claris Schunk at St. Anne’s Church in Wabasso. This marriage was blessed with four children, Carol, Stephen, Michael, and Nancy. Ray and Claris resided by Wabasso until moving to Hector, Minnesota, in 1960. Ray and Claris shared 53 years of marriage until Claris passed away on December 17, 2004.
Ray farmed for David Johnson for over 20 years until he took a job in Kansas. Ray and Claris moved to Kansas for five years where he was employed at APTUS, Inc. They moved back to Hector again in 1990 and he farmed for Alan Roepke, Leroy Stamer, and Don Cunningham until retiring in 2006. Ray was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus.
Ray enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Ray became a resident at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center on January 20, 2017. He passed away there on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the age of 88 years. Blessed be his memory.
Ray is survived by his:
Children, Carol Hovde and her husband, Bruce, of Dovray, MN,
Steve Frericks and his wife, Sandy, of Dubios, WY,
Michael Frericks and his wife, Michelle, of Thief River Falls, MN,
Nancy Berghuis and her fiancé, Wayne, of Hector, MN;
Grandchildren, Bridget Norland (special friend, Curt), Kia (Oak) Vichaikul, Christopher Elling, Ross Hovde, Matthew Frericks, Elizabeth Elling, and Torie Frericks (fiancé, Kaleb);
Great-Grandchildren, Madison Norland, Preston Bashans, Dylan Elling, Claire Elling, Dawson Elling, Emma Elling, Kal Vichaikul, and Emi Vichaikul;
Brothers-in-law, Emil Trebesch and his wife, Judy, Pete Kretsch and his wife, Rosie, and Dale Haag;
Many other relatives and friends
Ray is preceded in death by his Parents, Frank and Bernadetta Frericks; Wife, Claris Frericks; Brothers, Ralph Frericks and Bob Frericks; Sisters, Doris Meyer and Mary Jane Salfer; Brothers-in-law, Howard Meyer, Leroy Salfer, and Joseph Schunk Jr.; and Sisters-in-law, Kathy Dehmlow and Bernadine Haag.