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Memorial services for Sherman Edward Fredrickson, Sr., 93, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2017 in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Michael Oberlender officiating. His ashes will be buried at Coleman Cemetery in Coleman, Texas.
Sherman Fredrickson was born on Dec. 15, 1923 to Edward and Otillia Hermansen Fredrickson in Little Falls, Minnesota.   Raised on the family dairy farm, he was the last of 7 children.
Sherman was a World War II aviation veteran, long time aviator, and 36 year employee and retiree of Halliburton Company in Duncan. He died on Father's Day, June 18, 2017 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, from complications following a stroke.    
In 1942, at age 18, he joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program, this was followed by enlisting in the US Army Air Corp Reserve, acquiring his Private and Commercial pilot's license and Instrument and Instructor pilot rating while still only 19.
He was stationed at Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, Texas as a Senior primary flight instructor and checkout pilot when he met and married Winnifred June (Judy) Smithson of San Angelo, Texas. In February 1947 he left active duty, staying in the Air Corps Reserves.
In April 1947 he and a partner established the first airport and flying school at Little Falls, Minn.  In July 1948 he moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Dallas Aviation School, obtaining his aircraft Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics license. While in Dallas, one son was born, Sherman E. Fredrickson Jr.
In March of 1949 the family moved to Palestine, Texas where he managed the local airport while teaching flying and working with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) before taking a job with Halliburton Company in 1950.   While in Palestine, a daughter, Victoria Suzanne Fredrickson was born.
With Halliburton, he held jobs of equipment operator, Cementer and eventually Field Supervisor.   From 1957 to 1961 he moved his family from Palestine to Bridgeport, Tex. to Vernon, Tex. and to Wichita Falls, Tex.  From 1959 to 1963 he attended Midwestern University where he acquired a B.S. in Chemistry.  In 1966 he was transferred to Duncan, Oklahoma where he eventually became a Senior Research Chemist with Halliburton until his retirement in 1986.
In May of 1998 his wife Winnifred June of 51 years died suddenly.  In 2000 he met and subsequently married Freddie Thompson on October 19, 2001 in the First Christian Church of Chickasha, Oklahoma.   Sherman then moved to Chickasha, keeping his ties to the aviation community in Duncan for several years. Sherman and Freddie traveled extensively on cruises, road trips, and short airplane rides in his Beechcraft Bonanza. They spent many holidays celebrating with Mitchell and London families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and first wife, Winnifred June. He is survived by his wife Freddie Thompson Fredrickson, son Sherman Fredrickson, Jr and wife Linda, daughter Victoria Nix, step-daughter Freddie Lee Palesano and husband Kent, step-son Glen Thompson and wife Kay; numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.ferguson-funeralhome.com.
Published on June 20, 2017
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