MARQUETTE, MI – September 15, 1950 – December 5, 2021. Frederick Roy Anderson, 71, of Marquette, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, December 5, 2021, with his family and friends by his side at Trillium Hospice.
He was born 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 learned football and basketball as a team manager. He continued his education at Michigan Technological University and graduated in 1972 in electrical engineering and technology. He was also named manager of Tech’s basketball team. While attending Michigan Tech, Fred especially enjoyed fellowship at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.
Fred’s strong work ethic began early in life helping his parents in the family business, during high school and summers while attending Michigan Tech. In 1972, Fred joined his parents in the family business, Anderson Communications, immediately after graduation and started running. During his career with Anderson Communications, he worked on most radios used by the police, fire and emergency services, as well as the railroad and shipping industry, on the Upper Peninsula. . Fred has spent his entire career in communications, eventually taking over the family business from his parents. Fred retired in 2018, having spent more than half a century in the communications industry. He was also an N8BTS amateur radio operator like his parents, Roy W8WNT and Mary KB8CKR.
Fred has been involved and a member of many civic organizations. Fred believed in you giving a heart, not a wallet and he gave his heart to help the youth in the community. Fred was heavily involved in Boy Scouts from 1972 until his death and was Assistant Master Scout for Troop 302 from 1972 to 1974 and 2018 to 2021 and Master Scout from 1974 to 2018. He received the award. Ad Atari Dei in 1997 and the Silver Beaver Award in 2018. He has participated in many Scouting activities including winter and summer camping, trips to National Parks, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, as well as sledding and scuba diving. Many of his scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Fred was incredibly proud that two of his scouts had also become US Olympic luge medalists.
He married his wife, Vicki, in 1994. Fred met her through the Boy Scouts when her son joined the troop. After their marriage, they continued to volunteer together. Fred and Vicki have been married for almost 28 years. He found her to be a competent partner and they loved spending time together. She participated with him in most activities including sledding, rallying and camping at the UP, including Isle Royale.
Fred got involved in luge from 1983, working with sliders, officiating at luge events, holding various positions in clubs and associations, as well as grooming the track at Lucy Hill, Negaunee. For years, before the club had the right equipment, it shoveled snow at all hours of the day or night to prepare the piste for sliding. He spent every weekend on the trail during the “snowy” months teaching children how to sled. If you know how to sled you can thank Fred for his help on or off the track. Fred has traveled to Europe for the United States Luge Association on several occasions. As a member of the board of directors of the United States Luge Association, he frequently made the 3-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 at the university, the first electric car in Marquette was “Citi-Car EV Coupé”. Fred has also been involved in professional offroad rallying for over 40 years. He competed in the SCCA Press On Regardless of the Rally Pro at Houghton MI, in 1977, ’78 and ’79, as a driver in a Jeep CJ-7 and 2017, in the BMW “The bad dog”. He completed the four years. Satch Carlson “The bad dog” was a 1988 BMW 325iX 5 speed prepared for rallying, “The bad dog” powered by a 2.7L turbocharged inline-six engine built by Dinan and said to produce 350bhp mated to a close-speed manual transmission built by Metric Mechanic. Fred and Vicki were driver / navigator in “The bad dog” and involved in offroad rallies for many years as well as their involvement in rallying as a setup / advance team. They have traveled to many parts of Michigan to compete in events such as the Lake Superior Performance Rally, Magnum Opus, Central Upper Peninsula Rally in Powers and Hardwood. Fred said he had never had a better navigator in his life, both in and out of the car!
Fred has been a member of Superiorland Kiwanis for over 50 years. Serve as a club officer in numerous positions over the years. He was instrumental in the creation of the Superiorland Kiwanis Midwest Junior Luge race, which is held annually in Negaunee. Fred was also the mentor and patriarch of the Superiorland Kiwanis Community Christmas Dinner which takes place each year. Fred has been involved in many club volunteer activities including a First Aid Station for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Ore to Shore Run, The UP200, MIDNIGHT RUN & JACK PINE 30 Sled Dog Races, Art on The Rocks , MSHS Senior Class lock-in, as well as many other volunteer projects 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 the Men’s Club and worked at numerous breakfasts, dinners, and church events.
Fred was known for his ease and kindness. He never complained, only becoming frustrated when events negatively affected the young people he worked with. Fred was known to burn the candle at three ends! He never lets sleep get in the way of his activities.
He collected vinyl records and was proud of his extensive collection of Jimi Hendrix records. He also collected coins, flexible snow sleds, and antique radios. He was interested in photography and would go and film snowmobile races in freezing weather. Musical interests included, Black Oak Arkansas and Alice Cooper and he worked at the Blues Festival in Marquette, as a volunteer for many years.
He is survived by his wife; Vicki, son; Daniel (Cheryl) Beltz of Monroe, NC, and grandson; Avery. He is also survived by an aunt and an uncle; Betty (Milakovich) Gifford and Peter (Michelle) Milakovich and several cousins. Finally, he is survived by his companion and friend; “Buffum” the dog.
Instead of flowers, memorials are preferred at: A Go-Fund-Me https://gofund.me/e7489 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 scheduled for February 12, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with more details to be announced by Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.