With much saddness we inform our members of the passing of alumni club member Frederick Phillip “Fred” Meldahl, 68, who passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 in a Minot, ND hospital.
Fred was born on October 1, 1945, to Carl and Caroline Meldahl of Sharon, ND. He grew up in Beaver Creek Township on the family farm, attended Beaver Creek Country School through the 8th grade, graduated from Hatton High School in 1963, and from the North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy in 1968. He did a one year pharmacy internship in Bismarck prior to beginning a 40 year career with Osco Drug in Minot in 1969. Fred retired in 2009, shortly after Osco Drug became CVS Pharmacy.
Fred had many interests in his life. Spending time with his brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, and “adopted” son and grandchildren were high on his list. He loved telling stories about the funny things kids would say or do - they were very important to Fred. Fishing and going to the Class B basketball tournaments also gave Fred much enjoyment. He enjoyed the Minot Hostfest each year and invited family to come and share the excitement with him and Cassie. He also loved to drive around and talk about the Minot area. He could drive around the smallest town or the countryside for hours discussing the events that had happened there. After giving up fishing he would tell everyone he would rather follow Cassie around to all the greenhouses and bring home flowers and plants for the garden. One of Fred’s retirement achievements was traveling through all the small towns in North Dakota with a longtime friend. He enjoyed riding and mowing with his zero turn lawnmower. Fred would enjoy lazy afternoons watching t.v. with Misty the cat on his lap. His latest retirement enjoyment was driving Cassie’s mother to appointments and lunch afterward at Charlie’s Cafe.
Fred is survived by his best friend and life partner, Cassie Oster; her son, Rob, and her grandchildren, Ayla, Cole and Calen, who were a source of pride and enjoyment for Papa Fred. He is also survived by his siblings: Charles Meldahl, Marilyn Pederson, Carol (Marvin) Bohn, Bradley (Mary) Meldahl, and Judy Meldahl his sister-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his father and mother, Carl Meldahl Jr. and Caroline Meldahl, brothers, Rodney; David; Carl III; brother-in-law, Ronald Pederson; and nephew, Mark.
Celebration of the Life of Fred Meldahl: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Christ Lutheran Church - Minot.
Interment will be in the Beaver Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery - rural Sharon.
Visitation: Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home - Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the Christ Lutheran Church Rebuilding Fund or to Beaver Creek Lutheran Church - rural Sharon, ND.