Alfred “Fred” Arnold Flick Jr. died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar after a year-long battle with cancer.
Fred was born to Alfred and Yvonne (Poiriez) Flick Jan. 7, 1947, in Taylorsville, IL.
Fred grew up in North Riverside, IL, where he attended Riverside-Brookfield High School. While in high school, Fred participated in many sports. His basketball talents earned him All-American honors, which led him to Midwestern College in Denison, IA on a basketball scholarship. It was at college that Fred met Janet Lynn Shaw.
Fred and Janet were united in marriage June 12, 1966. Fred earned a degree from Midwestern College with a bachelor’s of science degree in education and began his teaching. Fred taught junior and senior high school social studies, and coached various school sports in both Stratford, IA, and Rockwell City, IA.
In 1980, Fred moved his family to Willmar, where he began a new career as a promotional advertising salesman for the Vernon Company of Newton, IA. He took great pride and care in delivering the best possible service to his many customers. Fred was employed with the Vernon Company for 32 years.
Fred was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served on numerous committees. He was a supporter of the Willmar public schools, and a member and avid golfer at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. He enjoyed spending time with and watching his 11 grandchildren and their many activities.
Fred is survived by three children, Amy (and Kevin) Bebler of Chaska, Ann (and Steve) Trochlil of Willmar, and Cole (and Beth) Flick of Dassel; one brother, Alan Flick of Carlisle, PA; two sisters, Arlene Calpino of Lacon, IL, and Alfreyda Flick of Dowelltown, TN; 11 grandchildren, Madeline, Georgia, Ava, Charlie, Max, Will, Luke, Jordan, Cy, Gus, and Jacob. Also surviving him are his mother, Yvonne Flick of Lacon, IL; and his nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.
Fred was preceded in death by his loving wife, Janet; his father, Alfred Flick Sr.; and his brother, August Flick.
A memorial service took place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery.