Albert W. ‘Al’ Fredlund, 89, a resident of Burlington, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
Al was born on February 28, 1927 in Mount Vernon, the son of John & Esther Fredlund. He was raised in Mount Vernon where he attended grade school until moving to the Saxon community in 1939 and graduating from
Mount Baker High School in 1945.
Al was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during WWII.
After his discharge he returned to the Skagit Valley and worked in the timber industry as a choker setter and tree faller. In 1953
he and business partner Bill Betschart opened and operated the Gateway Service Station in downtown Sedro-Woolley, which they operated for over 20 years. Al then designed and built the Gateway Golf Course on his property in Sedro-Woolley and also designed and built several homes.
On September 8, 1951 Al was united in marriage to Janice Wardle, and they made their home in Sedro-Woolley until moving to Burlington in 1992.
Al enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling, carpentry and wood working. He was a wonderfully smart and compassionate man who was always laughing and smiling and enjoyed life to its fullest. He is greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janice, at the family home in Burlington; his children and their spouses, Mark & Gail Fredlund of Burlington, Jeanne & Dennis Brown of Scottsdale, AZ, Steve Fredlund of Sedro-Woolley and Joan & Ed Rayfield of Concrete; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the American Legion Hall in Sedro-Woolley. Memorials in honor of Al are suggested to Hospice of the Northwest.