Tim Fredin

Tim Fredin, age 60 of Savage, was born August 1, 1959 to Vernon and Ramona Fredin. He died Tuesday, August 6, 2019 after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Savage.

A visitation will be held from 4-7PM on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11AM with a visitation 1-hour prior at Bethlehem Baptist, South Campus, 20700 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville. Pastor Dave Zuleger will preside. Tim will be laid to rest at Spring Lake Cemetery in Prior Lake.

Tim was born in Fridley, MN where he joined two sisters, Jackie and Louise, and later was blessed with a brother, Todd. Their home was destroyed in the horrendous tornadoes of 1965, the year Tim was in first grade. The family relocated to Prior Lake in 1966 in time for his Tim begin second grade. Tim enjoyed roaming the woods alongside their new home. He also loved hunting and fishing with his dad, his brother, his uncles and fishing friends the Curt Olson and James Shubert families.

During high school Tim met Kelli McDowell. They were married on June 30, 1978 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Prior Lake. This union was blessed with three children and 41 years together. Upon graduating from Prior Lake HS in 1977, Tim continued his education at Normandale Community College and Brown Institute.

Tim’s career followed the progression of the information age and he enjoyed learning, developing and implementing new technology in various capacities throughout the years. He enjoyed watching technology mature as he traveled the world and established lasting relationships. Tim visited Australia, Europe, and numerous places in America. He was thrilled to visit his ancestral homeland of Sweden. Wherever he went, Tim explored off the beaten path. His favorite trips were the ones with Kelli, particularly Hawaii.

Tim was a supportive, loving family man. He had a unique relationship with each of his children. He was a proud dad and grandpa who readily shared his passion for football and fishing. The family spent countless hours with relatives at the cabin. In his free time, Tim loved to rehab old computers which he gave away. An avid reader and audio book listener, Tim researched topics of history, theology, and philosophy. He worked through tragic losses, including that of his son, by writing poetry and several essays relating to grief.

Tim’s faith has served as a foundation from which his interests poured out blessings on people in service to his loving Creator. He was baptized at Redeemer Lutheran in Fridley, confirmed at Shepherd of the Lake in Prior Lake, and was an active member at Bethlehem Baptist where he recently became a deacon.

One of his most fulfilling roles has been serving as a facilitator in support of those surviving the suicide of loved ones. He also worked with Kelli in Griefshare and led a bible study for his coworkers.

A passionate and generous man, Tim is loved and missed by his wife, Kelli; daughters, Crystal Therese and Amanda (Jeff) Distad; grandchildren, Torres, Noah, Simon, Hannah, and Rose Distad; mother, Ramona Fredin; siblings, Jackie (Verlynn) Magnuson, Louise (Glenn) Detlefsen, and Todd (Mary) Fredin; other loving relatives and friends. Tim is greeted in Heaven by his savior Jesus Christ and reunited with his son, Peter; father, Vernon; father-in-law, Dale McDowell, and brother-in-law, Dan McDowell.

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  1. Kelli, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel the strength and comfort of God at this difficult time of the loss of Tim. With much love, Linda Cooper

  2. Sorry for your loss.
    Sincere condolences to your family on your loss

  3. To the friends and family of Tim,

    He will be missed. Every time I saw him (which was daily) he had a smile on his face and always a friendly greeting. I had the privilege to work with him a few times. Please know he was the type of person I liked to collaborate with because of his work ethic and concern for others. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Rebecca JL Keller, Ed.D

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Tim at Infinite Campus. (We helped deliver features to the Hawaii Department of Education). Tim is great guy. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. I worked with Tim at Infinite Campus and was always uplifted when I saw his ever-ready smile.
    I will be praying for your family during this terrible period of grieving, I hope that you can feel the love coming down from heaven as Tim takes his place in the arms of his Heavenly Father.

  6. Dear Kelli and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone. We will miss him very much. The obituary captures beautifully the fullness of his life. May you find comfort in the abundant good memories and in the hope of being reunited in glory!

  7. Though we went different ways in adulthood , the memories have stayed . With no need for embellishment the stories of so many adventures with the Fredin and Olson boys have been told time and time again . I wish I could have raised my son with those kind of adventures with such a solid core of friends as our Dads found in each other . But from those memories and friendship I did raised 3 great loving children and my grandchildren will hear of our adventures .
    My deepest sympathy for your loss , Jay { Bird} Shubert

  8. Jim Dahlin sent us Todd’s obituary. We are so sorry that your family facing this sadness. Our connection was with Ramona, Vern, and Todd and good friend Jim Dahlin. Todd was way too young. Our deepest sympathy.
    David and Gloria Warner

  9. Jeanne and Roy Duvall

    Family of Tim… You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.. We know that God has wrapped his arms around you and he will bring you peace and comfort.
    Cousin.. Jeanne and Roy Duvall

  10. Pauline Lentner

    Dear Kelli and family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Dear Louise, so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing.
    Pauline (Zweber) Lentner

  11. Our prayers are with Kelli Amanda,Crystal, Mona . Tim was a wonderful example to his wife children and grandchildren we will Miss him dearly.

  12. Samuel & Laurie Helberg

    Kelli and family,
    This news was shocking, painful, and sad. Tim was loved by all he came into contact with at Bethlehem – our church was blessed by him tremendously.

    We grieve deeply for your loss, but are joyful in the knowledge that Tim has finished the course that was set before him. He now is embraced forever by his Saviour!

    May you be comforted in your loss and hopeful in your salvation. We are praying for you!

    Samuel and Laurie Helberg

  13. Jan and Tom Nolan

    Kelli, Crystal , Amanda and families our condolences to you at this difficult time. What a meaningful life Tim lead during the short time he had here! Sending prayers and hugs , from Tom and Jan Nolan.

  14. All my love and prayers are with you Kelli. Life has given our families much sorrow this year, but we come together supporting each other realizing no matter where family members maybe they are always with us. God has blessed us with amazing family members , Tim truly was amazing! My love and prayers,, your cousin Missy

  15. Dear Kelli and family, We met Tim 9 years ago upon attending the SAVE support group in Eagan after we lost our son, Bryan Thompson, to suicide in July 2010. My wife, Lori, and I were really hurting at the time and Tim’s words and empathy meant so much to us as we started the long journey of healing and living a new normal life. Along the way, we met you as well and it was clear what good people you are and how much you gave and give back to people around you. Many blessings go out to you and your family during this difficult time and thank you for touching our lives!!! God bless you! Tim Thompson

  16. Dear Amanda, though I did not know your Dad, looking at your life and reading his obituary of a life well lived, he sounds like he was a loving, generous and adventurous man who left an amazing legacy. May you and your family be comforted by the Lord and find peace and joy as you cherish his memory. Much love, Videhi

  17. Fredin Family
    I was so sorry to hear about Tim. We worked together at Infinite Campus, in different departments. Tim always had a kind word to say and was a great support when I got sick. He always asked how I was doing, which was so appreciated because you knew he cared about me as a person. We talked a lot about music and different local bands that played – he was so proud of his son who was in a band.

    I loved reading about all of the wonderful things about Tim’s life that you shared. He had so many interests that I didn’t know about – thank you so much for sharing. Peace to all of you and especially your Mom.

  18. I am so sorry you have this sudden sadness in your life Kelli. I remember how kind you were to me in BSF as I was going through the grief with my mom. I am praying for you and sending you love.

  19. I’m so sorry to hear. I have a lot of good memories of fishing and football with Tim and Pete. Best wishes to everyone who loved him.

  20. I’m so sorry for your sudden loss.
    Please know that I am praying for you and your family.
    In Christ, Jess Stoltz

  21. Kelli & family. My most sincere condolences for your loss. I have many fond memories of fishing and hunting trips that included Tim, Todd, Curt Olson and his sons, my son Jay and of course Vern. Tim will be sorely missed by many, but he will forever live on in my memories. Jim Shubert

  22. I worked with Tim and actually sat next to him when I started at Infinite Campus three years ago. Tim was always a very kind and wise person. Being an out of college, well-meaning idiot, Tim helped guide me to think about what I wanted to accomplish with my time here. He played a major part in getting me to where I am today and I won’t forget it. He was my go to person here for any philosophical discussion or generally pleasant chat and he will be missed dearly by me and many others.

    Condolences to you and your family.

  23. Kelli & Family and Ramona – My most sincere condolences fir your loss. I have many fond memories of fishing and hunting trips with Tim, Todd, the Olson boys, my son Jay. and Vern and Curt. Tim will be sorely missed, but he will forever live on in my memory.

  24. While I did not know Tim well, I very much enjoyed working with him recently on a project. When the customer who we we working with recently lost a loved one, Tim expressed his sympathies in a way that was clearly loving, heartfelt and meaningful. It was above and beyond what was required of him as a casual business associate. I took this to be an indication of his character, and a depiction of how he lived his life. Sometimes you can just tell who the good ones are, and Tim was a good one.

    I am truly saddened by the loss of Tim, and my love goes out to all of you who love him and had the honor of knowing him better than I.

  25. I was so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. I met Tim soon after I began working at Infinite Campus over 10 years ago. I always enjoyed our conversations in the halls about a wide range of topics. My deepest sympathies.

  26. Jane Cromie and Larry Bucklin

    Kelli, Crystal, and Amanda,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Tim. We’re sorry that we cannot make it to the visitation today or tomorrow. We’re thinking of you and your great loss.

  27. My condolence to you all my prayers are with you. My name is sharon you dont know me, I met Tim at work. I lost my daughter in Nov, having a really hard time, I know you know my pain. I reached to Tim for advise , needed to talk to someone who really understand. Tim was so kind and gave me some advice that worked for him. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Tim . God Speed

  28. Kelli & family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Although I never truly new Tim, I could tell of a warm hearted, friendly man. My prayers are with you & family.

  29. I was so sad to hear the news about Tim. My sympathy and prayers are with your whole family.

  30. Dear Kelli,
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. Hugs to you during this difficult time. You are loved!

  31. Tery (Schaeffer) Hughes

    Dear Fredin family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son, brother, husband and friend. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your hearts be comforted by God’s grace and may your loving memories fill your hearts with joy as you remember Tim and his life. Hugs for each of you.

    • Tery (Schaeffer) Hughes

      Dear Crystal and Amanda,

      I am so sorry that your dad is no longer walking among us but I know you can carry him forever in your hearts. I know too that he will be watching over you, your children and your mom and will be forever at your sides until you see him again in glory. When my dad passed away, I started planting trees and bushes in his memory to help with my own healing and it was a joy to watch them flourish. Again, may your hearts be comforted. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

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