Frederick Roy ‘Fred’ Anderson |  News, sports, jobs

Frederick Roy ‘Fred’ Anderson | News, sports, jobs

MARQUETTE, MI – September 15, 1950 – December 5, 2021. Frederick Roy Anderson, 71, of Marquette, died peacefully Sunday morning, December 5, 2021, with his family and friends by his side at Trillium Hospice House.

He was born on September 15, 1950 in Marquette, son of Roy S. and Mary E. (Milakovich) Anderson. He married his wife, Vicki (Beltz, Forwerck), on February 12, 1994.

Fred graduated from Bishop Baraga Central High School in 1968. While in high school, he wrote letters in football and basketball as a team leader. He continued his education at Michigan Technological University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in electrical engineering and technology. He also wrote as the manager of Tech’s basketball team. While attending Michigan Tech, Fred especially enjoyed the community in St. Louis. Albert the Great Catholic Church.

Fred’s strong work ethic started early in life helping his parents in the family business while he was in high school and in the summer while he was attending Michigan Tech. In 1972, Fred joined his parents in the family-owned company, Anderson Communications, immediately after graduating and getting started. During his career at Anderson Communications, he worked on most of the radios used by police, fire and EMS departments, as well as the rail and shipping industries on the Upper Peninsula. Fred spent his entire career in communications and eventually took over the family business from his parents. Fred retired in 2018 after spending over half a century in the communications industry. He was also the amateur radio operator N8BTS just like his parents, Roy W8WNT and Mary KB8CKR.

Fred was involved in and a member of numerous civil society organizations. Fred believed that you gave from the heart and not the wallet, and he gave his heart to help young people in the community. Fred became heavily involved in Scouting beginning in 1972 until his passing and served as Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 302 from 1972 – 1974 and 2018 – 2021 and Scoutmaster from 1974 – 2018. He received the Ad Atari Dei Award in 1997 and the Silver Beaver Award. in 2018. He was involved in several scout activities, including winter and summer camping, trips to national parks, the Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, as well as tobogganing and diving. Many of his scouts were given the rank of Eagle Scout. Fred was incredibly proud that two of his scouts also became US Olympic medal winners in Luge.

He married his wife, Vicki, in 1994. Fred met her through scouts when her son joined the squad. After they got married, they continued to volunteer together. Fred and Vicki were happily married for almost 28 years. He found a talented partner in her and they loved spending time together. She participated with him in most activities, including tobogganing, rallying and camping in UP, especially the Isle Royale.

Fred became involved in tobogganing beginning in 1983, where he worked with shooters, officers at tobogganing events, had various offices in clubs and associations, and cared for the track at Lucy Hill in Negaunee. For years, before the club got the right equipment, he shoveled snow at any time of the day or night to make the track ready to slide. He spent every weekend on the track during the “snow months” teaching the kids to sled. If you know how to tow, you can thank Fred for his help either on or off the track. Fred traveled to Europe for the United States Luge Association on several occasions. As a board member of the United States Luge Association, he often took the 15-hour trip to Lake Placid. He and Vicki were national and international FIL Luge Officials and taught many National Officials.

Fred’s interest in cars included his 1973 Corvette Stingray, which he bought new while in college, the first electric car in the Marquette a. “Citi-Car EV Coupe”. Fred was also involved in off road prorally for more than 40 years. He competed in the SCCA Press On Regardless Pro Rally in Houghton MI, in 1977, ’78 and ’79, driving a Jeep CJ-7 and 2017 in the BMW “The bad dog”. He finished all four years. Satch Carlson’s “The bad dog” was a Rally-prepared 1988 BMW 325iX 5-Speed, “The bad dog” powered by a Dinan-built stroker 2.7L turbocharged inline-six and is said to provide 350 hp paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox built by Metric Mechanic. Fred and Vicki were the driver / navigator in “The bad dog” and involved in off road rallies for many years along with their involvement in rally as a layout / advance team. They traveled to many parts of Michigan to attend events, including the Lake Superior Performance Rally, the Magnum Opus, the Central Upper Peninsula Rally in Powers, and Hardwood. Fred said he has never had a better navigator all his life, both in and out of the car!

Fred was a member of the Superiorland Kiwanis for over 50 years. Has served as a club servant in many positions over the years. He was instrumental in establishing the Superiorland Kiwanis Midwest Junior Luge race, which is held annually in Negaunee. Fred was also the mentor and patriarch of Superiorland Kiwanis Community Christmas Dinner, which is held annually. Fred participated in many of the clubs’ volunteer activities, including a help station for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, The Ore to Shore races, The UP200, MIDNIGHT RUN & JACK PINE 30 sled dog races, Art on The Rocks, MSHS Senior Class lock-in, and many others volunteer projects just to name a few.

Fred was proudly half Swedish and half Croatian. He was known for his hard work in the shop, as well as his parents’ churches, St Michael’s and First United Methodist. Fred was a member of St. Michael’s Parish and Men’s Club and worked many church breakfasts, dinners and events.

Fred was known for his easy manner and kindness. He never complained, he only got frustrated when events negatively affected the young person he worked with. Fred was known for burning the candle at three ends! He never let sleep stand in the way of his activities.

He collected vinyl records and was proud of his extensive Jimi Hendrix record collection. He also collected coins, flexible flyers and antique radios. He was interested in photography and wanted to go snowmobiling in frosty weather. Music interests included, Black Oak Arkansas and Alice Cooper, and he worked at the Blues Festival in Marquette, as a volunteer for many years.

He leaves behind his wife; Vicki, son; Daniel (Cheryl) Beltz of Monroe, NC, and grandson; Avery. He is also left by an aunt and uncle; Betty (Milakovich) Gifford and Peter (Michelle) Milakovich and several cousins. Eventually he is survived by his comrade and friend; “Buffum” The dog.

Instead of flowers, memorials are preferred to: A Go-Fund-Me 320 or Trillium House 1144 Northland Drive, Marquette, MI 49855 or Salvation Army, 1009 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI 49855 .

A celebration of Fred’s life is being planned for February 12, 2022, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and more details will be announced by Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.


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