Leslie (Lester) Andrew Fredericksen, 92, passed away peacefully at his Torrance home on July 15, 2012. He was born in Dwight, Illinois on December 19, 1919 to George and Marie Fredericksen. Les was the fifth of eight children. He was in the Army during WWII and served in the Philippines. After the war, Lester returned to Streator Illinois. Les has one daughter, Judy, from his first marriage. He later married his second wife, Pauline Miner, and they moved to Torrance in 1952. They have three children, Terry, Linda and Denise (Neal). The aircraft manufacturing boom had begun and Les obtained employment with Douglas Aircraft and National Supply in Torrance. He worked 40 hours a week at each company for 18 months, but then decided to remain at Douglas. After 35 years, he retired in 1987. During his Douglas employment and until 2005, Les was also a successful plumbing contractor. Les loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, always helping as needed. He was a good listener who didn't judge, but would offer his simple and straight forward advice. He always had time to help a friend or neighbor. Until the last two months of his life, he enjoyed good health. Les accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at age 87. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Pauline, his granddaughter, Lee Ann and seven siblings. He will be missed by his four children; five grandchildren, Terry, Leslie, Kyle, Max and Troy; and six great-grandchildren. A special thank you to cousin Bill McClane, who was like a second son to Les, Mel and Deedree Kustich and Don Earl for their loving friendship with our father for many years. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 31, 2012