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Bernard H. Fredrickson Jr.

Bernard H. Fredrickson Jr.

Bernard H. Fredrickson Jr., age 57 of Arkansaw, formerly of Plum City, died peacefully on Friday, April 3, 2020 at his home in Arkansaw. After a short battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Bernie was born on June 27, 1962 in Durand. He was the son of Bernard H. and Karen (Smith) Fredrickson Sr. Bernie grew up in Plum City and graduated from Plum City High School in 1981. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served in Scotland, Hawaii, and Florida. While in the Navy, Bernie met and married Pamela K. Burrow. Together they had one daughter, Melanne. They later divorced. In 1995, Bernie moved back to Plum City where he lived and worked as a union millwright. He also owned and operated Fredrickson Pump Service for five years. Bernie married his longtime friend and love of his life, Tammy Bishop on February 2, 2019 at Molly’s on Main in Plum City. Together they lived in Arkansaw, “west of the Chippewa River.”

Bernie enjoyed fishing on the Chippewa River with his friends and having a few dozen beers. He would help anyone with anything, and he was an all around fix-it man. Bernie was a man you could call on anytime for anything. He was especially devoted every day to pull a fast one on anyone that was susceptible!!!

Bernie is survived by his wife; Tammy, daughter; Melanne, stepchildren; Jayson (Amy) Burrow, Amber Musick, Jasmine (Nate) Baker, Paige (Justin Risler) Anderson and Miah Massof, five grandchildren; Dawson, Paxton, Addyson, Lillian and Mariska, dad; Bernard Fredrickson Sr., three sisters; Kimberly Fredrickson, Kelly Retterath and Nicole Fredrickson, his Chip Trip Crew, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.                                                                                                                          

Bernie is preceded in death by: his mom Karen, Grandparents, aunts, uncles, other family he cared deeply for and a very special little man, Macin.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when we can all get together and celebrate Bernie’s life.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Todd O'Heron

    Bernie, you were one crazy ***** but had a heart of gold. The world will be quite a bit more boring without you. Blessings to the Fredrickson family, you are in our prayers.

  2. J. Henry & Sharon Gingras

    So sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. We met him years ago and spent time with him in the back room of the flower shop. A personality to remember. May peace be with all of you.

  3. Marlene Smith


  4. Al and Sandy Klein

    May Bernie live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

  5. Crystal Dow

    Tammy and family....I could see the love in your eyes last time I saw you and Bernie at the Spot llast winter....what a great loving couple.be safe and we all lost a piece ofour friendship. We will miss him. Crystal Dow...love you

  6. Amanda and Paul Glaus

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you at this very difficult time.

  7. Patty Jo Wayne

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy for your loss of Bernie. Praying for the strength you will need in the days and weeks ahead

  8. Vance

    Bernie will truly be missed. He was a great person. He helped me out a couple of times. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Debby (McRoberts) Kimmel

    I've known Bernie basically since he was born, and always been amazed at his forceful and great personality, as well as jealous of his great ability to deal with life and confidence. While we haven't seen him in a few years since we moved south, always expected to see him again because he seemed as if he would always be there. Cousin you were unforgettable in so many ways. Love and Condolences to the Family and all those that loved and miss you...

  10. Donna Karshbaum

    Hugs and Prayers Sent to You , We are so sad, Bernie was a Great Guy, He Will be so Missed, LOVE YOU Tammy, GOD BLESS !????????????????cxkx

  11. Wendy Schofield

    ????????????Dear Tammy and Family ~ We were sad to hear of your loss... thinking about you and sending prayers, love, and hugs. Wendy & Steve Schofield

  12. Scott Watkins

    My deepest sympathy, thoughts & prayers go out to the family.

    I have many fond memories of time spent with Bernie.

    You will be missed. Fly high until we meet again!

  13. Carrie Olson Kinuthia

    Bernie had been in my life since I was born and has always held a special piece of my heart. He was always there whenever he was needed, in a heartbeat. He always was the life of any party and will be greatly missed. ❤

  14. Joanne Hovey

    I am lucky to have known Bernie since he was a kid. He has always been a force that pushed onward. He could make you crazy and he could be the one you had to talk to when your heart was sad. I have many happy memories and those are the ones that will make me smile when I think of him.

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