Delroy Gerhart Freichels “Del”, age 82 of Wahkon, Minnesota, formerly of Blaine, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Sacred Heart Church, Wahkon. Private burial at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Wahkon with a time of sharing at 4:30 p.m.; also 10 a.m. prior to start of funeral mass.
Arrangements provided by Mille Lacs Funeral and Cremation services, Isle, Minnesota.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Elaine of Wahkon; sons, James (Kathy) of Fridley, Jason (Jeanne) Big Lake; daughters, Karen Aho (Mark) of East Bethel, Lisa Counts (Chris) of Crystal; grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Kristin, Alyssa, Jenna, Michelle, Tanner, Isaiah, Amber, Clara, Anna, Taylor, Maria, Grace, Hope and Samuel; five great-grandchildren; brothers, George and Art.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Richard ;and a sister, Mary Ann; great-grandchild, Adyson.
Del was born on January 29, 1937 to George and Angeline (Hentges) Freichels. He grew up near Milaca, Minnesota. He served in the Army from ’54 – ’57. Del married the love of his life, Elaine Deuel, June 27, 1959. The couple made their home in Blaine where they raised their four children. In 2001 they moved to Wahkon to the home that Del had dreamed of and designed. You could often find Del in “his” spot at the table or in his chair by the window; both with a beautiful view of the lake. Del retired from Northwestern Bell in 1990 then founded Dell-Comm, Inc. and retired in 2006. Del enjoyed traveling and wintering in Arizona. He spent many years coaching youth sports and served on the Blaine Park board, Blaine City Council and the Wahkon WAVE committee. Del enjoyed hunting and camping especially the camaraderie that went along with that. Del had a generous soul and loved to help others; whether that meant lending them equipment/tools, mentoring, or giving someone an opportunity, he enjoyed seeing people succeed. Succeed he did, if you ever played cribbage with him, Del enjoyed playing cards. You could count on his grin and twinkle in his eye, even in his last days the grandkids could still inspire both. Above all, Del loved and treasured his family. He was a proud husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and enjoyed sitting back and taking in all the commotion and love.
Del was a man loved, respected, and admired by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.