Denis Robert Frericks |

Denis Robert Frericks

Denis Robert Frericks died Nov. 2, 2004, at the Antelope Coal Mine north of Douglas, Wyo. He was 59.

Frericks was born Oct. 9, 1945, in Redwood Falls, Minn., the oldest of six children of Cletus Henry and Claudine Barbara (Monahan) Frericks.

Frericks was raised and educated in Minnesota; he graduated from high school. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and traveled around the world. He was honorably discharged Sept. 30, 1969. He married Marleece M. (Kastenschmidt) Hansen on June 9, 1973, in Illinois. They resided in Rosendale, Wis., and in 1976 moved to Wyoming with their family. They moved to Douglas in 1994, and for the past several years he has worked for Antelope Coal Mine. Frericks liked hunting and camping in the mountains. He owned a gun repair business.

Frericks is survived by his parents, Cletus and Claudine Frericks, of Bemidji, Minn.; his wife, Marleece, of Douglas; daughters Melinda (Jeffrey) Stenerson of Fond du Lac, Wis., Teresa (Mike) Cullum of Oshkosh, Wis., Holly (Steve) Ivers of Craig, and Nicole (David) Churchwell of Holyoke; sons Vern (Christie) Hansen of Fond du Lac, Jay Frericks of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Jason (Jackie) Frericks of Rock Springs; sisters Pat Gebes of Ham Lake, Minn., and Cheryl Morinville of Duluth, Minn.; brothers Dean Frericks of Rock Springs, and Neal Frericks of Bemidji; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Frericks was preceded in death by his daughter, Dennelle Frericks, and one brother, John Frericks.

Funeral liturgy will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father Cliff Jacobson as the celebrant. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery with Samuel Mares American Legion Post No. 8, according to military graveside rites. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Steve Ivers, Bretten Ivers, Mike Cullum, Matthew Cullum, Cody Frericks, Brent Hansen, Zachary Churchwell, David Churchwell, Jeff Stenersen, and Andy Pierce.

A memorial has been established to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in care of Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 1370, Douglas, WY 82633.

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