David Lee Frederick, 70, of Black River Falls passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. David was born July 8, 1952, in Black River Falls to Jerry and Joyce (Swartling) Frederick. He grew up in Winona, MN, and Merrillan, WI, graduating from Lincoln High School in Alma Center. This is where he met his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Terry Jean Laffe. They married Dec. 14, 1974, at Evangelical Lutheran Church. They shared 53 years together, creating a beautiful and loving life and family.

     David led a life of service with over 40 years of law enforcement in the state of Wisconsin. He shared his knowledge and compassion with the city of Osseo, Sauk County, Jackson County, Department of Corrections and the city of Black River Falls, where he was an officer, then investigator and ended his watch as the police chief before retiring Dec. 31, 2014. Although David took great pride in his career, he would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was his family. He was an immensely devoted, attentive and loving husband, father and grandfather, truly loving all time he spent with each and every one of his family members. Some of his most favorite times were those spent at the family cabin. This time included cookouts, boating, fishing and long evening hangouts. David also loved spending every deer hunting season out in nature with his family and friends. Not sure he cared if he ever saw a deer as long as the right people were there in the woods with him.

     David is survived by his wife of 48 years, Terry; sons Christopher, Jason and Adam (Amanda) Frederick; daughter Karen (Derek) Ulness; and grandchildren Nick (Sonja) Ulness, Lauryn Frederick, Kora (fiancée Dakota Garrett) Ulness, Kayla Frederick, Reagan Frederick and Grayson Frederick. He is further survived by his brother, Michael (Betty) Frederick and their families; his sister, Lesann (Jim) Garman and their families; his Aunt Janice (Glenn) Mack; his daughter-in-law Jill; best friend Jeff Hale; and many more beloved family members, friends and colleagues.

     David was preceded in death by his loving mother, Joyce Rhoades; his brother, Allen Rhoades; uncles Ron and Leo Swartling; and in-laws Arthur and Marjorie Laffe.

     Services for David Lee Frederick will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls. Visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. with full service and luncheon to follow.

     The Torgerson’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, 715-284-4321.

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