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Reverend L. Edward Frederick, 63

Reverend L. Edward Frederick, 63, of Oak Park Heights, Minn., died June 1 at his home from lung cancer. Senior Pastor Emeritus of St. Philip's Lutheran Church of Hastings, Minn., he served St. Philip's from 2001-2013.

Ed was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri on January 11, 1951 to Lawrence E. and Anna Mae Frederick. He received his BA from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1973 and a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary (Seminex) in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977. He received a Doctorate of Ministry in 1991 from Luther Seminary with an emphasis in hospice ministry. He married Diane Joyce Asunma on June 23, 1973. Together they raised two sons, Jeremy and Nathan.

Ed was an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 36 years and served congregations in: Akron and Yuma, Colorado; Canon City, Colorado; Casper, Wyoming; Greeley, Colorado; Stillwater, Minnesota and Hastings, Minnesota.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane, and adult children: Nathan Frederick of Stillwater, Minn. and Jeremy Frederick (Jen) of Casper, Wyo.; and one grandson, Jackson. He is also survived by other family members and friends.

Ed will best be remembered for his prayer-filled spirit, generous and caring heart, strong sense of compassion and sensitivities for those in need. He was a pastor who believed strongly in leading through his vulnerabilities. He was described as "not having a bad bone in his body." Many enjoyed his "Tom Baudette" accent and sense of humor.

Ed loved the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals baseball teams. His favorite destination was to take his wife and family to the ball park, Target Field. Ed could fix anything, including home projects, cars and motorcycles. He was especially proud of restoring a 1969 Ford Mustang.

Ed loved riding his motorcycle with his neighbors and friends from churches in Hastings on Saturdays in the summer. Ed will also be remembered for his love of children, spending much time with the kids from the St. Philip's Preschool, Sunday School, his neighborhood and especially his grandson Jackson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6 at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 1401 West 15th Street, Hastings, Minn. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. A lunch will be offered following the service at Our Savior's Lutheran in Hastings. Memorials can be sent to St. Philips Lutheran Church.