Gerald “Jerry” Fredrickson, 65, of Missoula gained his wings Friday February 19th, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Hospital from Glioblastoma. Jerry was born August 31st, 1955 in Williston, ND to Carroll and Wilma Fredrickson. As a growing young boy and teen Jerry attended schools in North Dakota and Montana. During that time, he enjoyed playing football and baseball and made many lifelong friends. In 1971, he and his Babe Ruth Allstars team attended the Regional tournament in Anchorage Alaska.
On June 14, 1975 he married the love of his life, Marianne DeGuire. They settled in Missoula and were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Amy, in January of 1979. They welcomed another beautiful baby girl, Jill, in March of 1981.
Jerry made his living as a machinist as well as owner / operator of Custom Engines. He provided engine machine work to the Missoula Valley for over 40 years, making a name for himself through his quality of work. He made many friends through this business. People flocked to him. He knew someone everywhere he went. No trip / vacation was complete until he ran into someone he knew. He had the largest heart and was there for anyone anytime they needed something.
Jerry enjoyed anything that involved his family and friends, especially being outdoors. He loved snowmobiling, hunting, 4 wheeling, golfing, jeep racing and fishing. One of his favorite places was being up Maxville with his “extended family.” The smiles, laughs, and stories always brightened his days. Being up on the hill with a “Jerry” fire, brats, and a beer always made the best days for a good story later.
He is survived by his wife Marianne, Missoula; 2 daughters; Amy (Brad) Taber, Stevensville, and Jill (Ray) Schurman, Stevensville; one brother; Michael (Patty) Fredrickson, Belgrade, Grandkids; Crystal Hazel, Tyler Schurman, and Ranger Taber, Nieces and Nephews as well as numerous “extended family, friends, and brothers from other mothers.” His huge heart and magnificent smile will be missed by every life he touched. It’s not goodbye, just until we see you again.
A celebration of life will take place this summer up in Maxville where we can all gather and share stories and be outside to enjoy the outdoors like dad would.