1001 North Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
Gary Lee Fredrickson of Mankato, age 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Gary, the son of Edward and Gladys (Burnett) Fredrickson, was born in Mankato on August 14, 1941. He was raised in St. Clair and graduated from St. Clair High School in 1959. Gary subsequently attended Mankato State University, Mankato Commercial College, and the Minnesota School of Banking in Northfield before completing his formal education in 1984 at the Prochnow Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Mr. Fredrickson began his banking career at the First National Bank in Shakopee. He later returned to Mankato and became Vice President of Commercial Loans at American Bank and President of Nicollet State Bank before purchasing Peoples State Bank of Madison Lake and Eagle Lake, which he sold in 2000.
Gary honorably served in the Minnesota National Guard for six years. He was an active member of the American Institute of Banking (AIB) and became President of both the Scott & Le Sueur County and Mankato AIB Chapters. Gary held several leadership posts in the Kiwanis and was a member of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce, Elks, Moose, and American Legion. He was a supporter of the Mankato Area Hockey Association. Gary was also a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Mankato.
Gary is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol (Wussow) Fredrickson, and their three children Mark (Julia) Fredrickson of St. Louis Park, Craig (Beth) Fredrickson of Prior Lake, and Michelle “Shelly” (Dave) Makela of Eagle Lake. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Jacob Fredrickson, Kylie Weckwerth, Katie Fredrickson, Matthew Fredrickson, Jadyn Weckwerth, and Jack Fredrickson; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Dale Fredrickson, Doug (Millie) Fredrickson, and Charles (Mary) Fredrickson, a sister-in-law Mary Ann (Larry) Stenzel, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, in-laws Edwin and Marie Wussow, brother-in-law Frederick Wussow, and sister-in-law Geraldine Fredrickson.
Gary was proud of his family, children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He enjoyed his ritual early morning coffee at Uncle Albert’s Café in Eagle Lake, as well as lunch and cards with friends at Charley’s Restaurant in Mankato.
Due to the pandemic, a private funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to express sympathy to make donations to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, or another worthwhile cause.