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Harvey H. Fredericksen

| May 17, 2024 7:00 AM

Harvey H. Fredericksen, 93, of Libby, Montana passed away May 12, 2024, at the Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls. 

He was born Nov. 3, 1930 in Ashton, Idaho to the late Henry Fredericksen and Marguerite Fredericksen (O’Brien).

Harvey grew up on the family farm just outside of Yellowstone, where his father taught him the value of hard work that he would retain for the rest of his life. Here he learned dog sledding, trapping, hunting and physically demanding labor. 

Harvey was tough and learned the sport of boxing in his younger years. Although being underage, Harvey left high school early, joining the Army at the same time as his older friends and siblings to fight in the Korean War. 

With these same friends, Harvey came to work at the mill in Libby where he was a laborer for 40-plus years. He eventually retired from St. Regis International Paper. His No. 1 hobby, during his free time, was prospecting and mining. Harvey was self-taught and learned much about the rocks, minerals and copper. 

He was most happy splitting firewood and swinging an axe. Harvey was cutting wood into his 90s, as his idea of heaven was a valley full of “buckskin larch.” 

In retirement, Harvey was honored for his continued support of the Libby High School wrestling and track teams. He was a member of the American Legion and at his passing was the longest serving Lincoln County American Legion member with 62 years.

Harvey is survived by wife of 65 years, Dolores Fredericksen; stepchildren: Linda Brousseau, Jim Madison and Mike Madison; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and siblings: Patsy Garr, Larry Fredericksen and Randall Fredericksen. 

In addition to his parents, Harvey is preceded in death by several brothers and one sister.

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