Douglas Andrew Froelich

douglas froelich

Doug died unexpectedly on August 8. He had taken time off from work to enjoy several days with his brother, niece and nephew visiting from Oklahoma.

Doug was born in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High. While there he was known for his column in the South newspaper the “Dog Pound.” He eventually received a scholarship from the Fargo Forum to UND in journalism. After a year or so he decided to move to Oregon. When things didn’t work out, he returned to Fargo to work in various occupations.

Generally speaking, like his last name translates from German, Doug had a happy disposition and tried to look on the bright side of life, no matter his situation. He unfailingly came to the aid of his parents or friends whenever needed – such as sand bagging their home or moving furniture. His last weeks gave him the opportunity to go camping with friends – something he enjoyed as a youth when our family when on camping vacations.

Doug had a love of all music but especially classical. He looked forward to his chances to attend concerts of the FM Symphony and occasionally the Minnesota Orchestra. We will miss his insightful and informative comments after concerts. Again, despite his life’s troubles he is best remembered for the English translation of Froelich – happy!

Doug was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents – Ester and Herman Froelich and Jack and Phyllis Conner. He is survived by his parents Andrew and Nancy, his siblings Kirsten and Cliff, Aunt Marian Gaydos (RI), and Aunt and Uncle Suzy and Kenn Conn (CA).


Visitation: August 15, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church
650 2nd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

Memorial: August 15, 2022 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church
650 2nd Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

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  1. Andy and Nan, please know as a Mother who has lost a child I feel your pain.. There is nothing worse..He sounded like a great young man. I’m thinking of you with much love and many prayers. ❤️❤️ Patti Pratt

  2. Andy, Nan, Kirsty, and Cliff, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve got so many positive memories of Doug! His sense of humor was always on display at tennis practice! My heart goes out to all of you.

  3. Andy, Nan and Cliff and Kirsty, Our deep sympathy and peace to you. So sorry for the loss of Doug.
    Dan, Mary, Bobby, Mike, Dave and Danny Martinsen

  4. Andy, Nan, Kirsty and Cliff,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Doug from days of playing tennis, working together at Island Park and his time at UND. There have been many of us from college that have been sharing memories since we heard about Doug’s passing. We all had stories where Doug made us laugh. That is certainly the way I will choose to remember him.

  5. Andy,Nan,Kirsty, and Cliff, I am sorry for your loss. I remember babysitting the kids many, many years ago. Doug was a good kid. So sorry for your loss. from Shayne (Howard) Jacobson.

  6. Andy, Nan, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a great friend, golfer, and card player. I will miss him dearly. I was there when he got a hole in one at El Zagal and also when his golf bag and cart rolled into the pond at Rose Creek. I was only able to beat him once golfing at Rose Creek, but he took it fine because he beat me all of the hundreds of times that we golfed. I am glad that I was able to spend time with him and your selves. God bless you all. Dave Samuelson

  7. So sorry about the death of Doug. My son,Cade Fortier and daughter, Carmen were students of Nan’s and remember Doug being around.
    Our sympathy to all. So sad when a young person dies and difficult for his family. May the Lord be your comfort.

  8. Hello to the Froelich Family,
    Please accept my condolences in the loss of Doug.
    Nan, my long – time ago tennis buddy, I know he was a bright light in your life.
    Barbara Werre

  9. I was sorry to read about Doug’s death. When Quad heard the news, he mentioned Doug’s column The Dog Pound and how much he enjoyed reading it when the school paper came out. I did too. May you find comfort knowing many people are thinking of your entire family. Kathy Dixon

  10. Dougie. Words can not express the pain I feel. Lost in Dakota is dedicated to you. The faith and love you had in supporting my book. You are the kindest souli have ever known. It’s beyond me right now thinking about how you will be missed. Love you bud. Krissy Snow

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