Lt. Col. James W. ‘Jim’ Frederickson

Dec. 26, 1930 – Dec. 28, 2011

Lt. Col. James W. "Jim" Frederickson (retired) of Waukesha died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Merrill Hills Manor at the age of 81. Jim was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Stambaugh, Mich., the son of the late William and Anna (Cowling) Frederickson.

He was a 1948 graduate of Stambaugh High School and a 1952 graduate of Michigan Tech., in Houghton, Mich., receiving his degree in mechanical engineering. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed pilot training. He continued as a pilot in the Illinois Air National Guard, retiring in 1978. During these years, he was also employed as an engineer for Amoco Oil Co. in Whiting, Ind. He retired from Amoco in 1985. He was a member of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

Jim married his wife, Molly (nee Hayes), in 1952. They were married for 42 years and she was the mother of his children, James S. Frederickson, Michael J. (the late Elena) Fredrikson and Karen M. (Bruce) Kubal. Molly preceded him in death in 1994. He is further survived by four grandchildren, Kristina, Kaitlin, Eugine and Nikolas; two stepsons, Kevin (Cecily) Broaddrick and Timothy (Susan) Broaddrick; one great-grandchild, Logan; and eight step-grandchildren.

Jim married Judith "Judy" (nee Garrett) in 1999. They traveled extensively the first several years of their marriage until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and struggled with this devastating disease for many years. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, other relatives and friends.

Burial with full military honors will be held in the spring 2012 at Stambaugh Cemetery in Stambaugh, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s name are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St., #160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.