Richard 'Ricky' Fredericks-Tombstone Tuesday

22 May 2012 8:05 AM Posted by Brenda L.
OUR SON
RICHARD MICHAEL FREDERICKS
APRIL 12, 1953   SEPT 4 1969
"BECAUSE I LIVE, YE SHALL LIVE ALSO"
                                                       JOHN 14:19

Burial:  Brethren Cemetery, Brethren, Manistee, Michigan

Richard Michael Fredericks, or Ricky as the family called him, was the only son of Richard L. Fredericks and Marilyn Wendt Fredericks.  Ricky was my first cousin and died way too young, at the age of 16.  I remember Ricky's smile, it seemed to take in his whole face.

Ricky was killed in a car accident.  He was driving and came up the crest of a hill and saw a tractor in the same lane.  He tried to avoid it by passing and lost control of his car, rolling several times.  The saddest part of this accident is that his father, Richard, owned the towing company and was called to the accident.  No one knew it was his son in the accident.

Fredericks is the correct spelling on the headstone.  His father, Richard, had this spelling on his birth certificate and continued to use the spelling.  I believe he is the only one who uses this spelling.  The original was Fredrich, then Fredrick, then Fredricks.  

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