Donald L. Frerichs (Don), 88, of Rochester, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital.
Don was born on Jan.y 3, 1931, to Wallace and Alma (Rehborg) Frerichs in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Don graduated from Worthington High School in 1949 and later from Mankato State University. He was inducted into the athletic hall of fame at both schools. He served in the Army for 14 years.
On June 15, 1951 Don married his high school sweetheart, Dianne Rickbeil, in Worthington. While the couple lived in Worthington, he worked at the hardware store until moving to Rochester in 1958 where he opened Frerichs' Hardware in the Miracle Mile. Throughout his life, Don owned and operated many successful small businesses. In 1981, he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and served in the Legislature for 16 years, representing Rochester and surrounding areas. Don also served on several boards including the Mississippi River Parkway Commission and Accentra Credit Union, which were both very important to him.
He was a faithful member of Gloria Dei Lutheran church for more than 50 years and loved to spend his free time with family, fishing, golfing, skiing, and gardening.
Don is survived by his wife Dianne of Rochester; sons, Craig (Rosanne Betz) Frerichs of Minneapolis, Scott (Lisa) Frerichs of Hockessin, Del.; daughter Krista (Christopher) Preble of Leesburg, Va.; sisters, Beatrice Thompson of Houston, Texas, Phyllis (Jerry) Scribner of Trego, Wis., Janet (Larry) Hughes of Chisago City, Minn.; sister-In-law Jeanne Frerichs of Roseville, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son Randall; brother Wendell; and brother-in-law Russell Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Randall D. Frerichs Scholarship Fund at Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082, or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service also at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery with honors provided by American Legion Post 92.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes is honored to be serving the Frerichs family. To leave a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com