Our beloved husband, father, “papa,” brother, and uncle, Dr. Paul Allen Fredrikson, 68, was surrounded by love and prayers when he went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 16th, 2017, in Fargo, North Dakota.
Paul was born on July 29, 1949, in Fargo, ND, to Clark and Esther Fredrikson. He was raised in Davenport, ND, and graduated as class valedictorian from Davenport High School in 1967. He then pursued an undergraduate degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and attended dental school at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he met the love of his life and best friend, Christine Ruth. They were married in St. Paul, MN, on June 30, 1973. In 1974, he graduated from dental school a semester early and accepted a position to teach at the University of Minnesota. After a year, he moved back to Fargo and worked as an associate dentist with Dr. Bergstrom, a skilled and progressive dentist who mentored him. In 1979, he envisioned and started what is now known as Smile Care.
Smile Care, his team members, and his patients were very dear to his heart. He considered dentistry a ministry from God and his life’s calling, and he touched countless lives as a result. He was known for his gentle and kind manner, integrity, state-of-the-art care, funny jokes, and comforting prayers before dental procedures.
In 2001, Dr. Paul received a “Commitment to Excellence” award from the Heartland Study Club, of which he was an active member for many years. In 2013, he received the “America’s Best Dentists” award from the National Consumer Advisory Council. Throughout his years in dentistry, he was a member of various dental associations and study groups.
One of the greatest joys of his life was his adventuring with his wife, Chris. Their relationship was loving and close, and they approached life as an inseparable team. Raising his two beautiful daughters, Bethany and Sarah, gaining sons in their husbands, Shawn and Ken, and spending time with his grandkids were also some of his greatest joys. His nephew, Matthew, was a son to him.
Dr. Paul was an elder and spiritual father to many at his church, Believers Fellowship, in Moorhead, MN, and beyond. Even in the midst of trial, he believed he lived a very blessed life and was blessed to be a blessing to others. He loved spending time with his family, grandkids and friends, practicing dentistry, boating, skiing and teaching others to ski, serving at his local church, and reading dental magazines.
He will be remembered by his wife of 44 years, Christine (Schatz) Fredrikson; his daughter Bethany (Fredrikson) Henderson and her husband, Shawn Henderson; his daughter, Sarah (Fredrikson) Anderson and her husband, Ken Anderson; his five very special grandchildren: Aubri, Nia, Oliver, Noah, and baby boy Anderson (December 2017); his sisters-in-love, Elizabeth Schatz and Vicki Fredrikson; his nephew, Matt Fredrikson and his fiancee, Marta Abad Perez. There are countless other cousins and extended family members who were dear to his heart. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clark and Esther Fredrikson, and his brother, Tom Fredrikson.
We are grateful for your love, support, and friendship. A celebration service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 21, at Believers Fellowship Church in Moorhead, MN. The service will be followed by a visitation and reception from 2:30-4:30pm.
We respectfully request that donations be made to your local church, your favorite missions organization, or the Tom Fredrikson Memorial Scholarship at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in lieu of flowers.