Frederick Ernest Stevens, 59, of Rochester, MN, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018, in Rochester. His memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Redfield Care and Rehabilitation Center in Redfield. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield, SD (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Frederick Ernest Stevens was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on June 15, 1959 to Harold and Ruth (Meyer) Stevens. Frederick was always interested in how things worked both mechanically and electrically. As a child he worked on many projects including go karts, minibikes, and motorcycles on the mechanical side of things. He enjoyed electronics as well and built many more projects than were accounted for on the brothers’ 10 in 1 electronic project board.
As his father was stationed in different places in the world the family always returned to Forbes, North Dakota as a home base. Frederick spent many years there growing up. Frederick and his family returned to Germany (Berlin) in 1965 and lived there until 1967. As a teenager he really started to excel and build very sophisticated projects including ones that involved Ham Radio. This was one of his lifelong hobbies including a trip to Dayton, Ohio in 2008. The Hamvention is the largest in the world and radio amateurs come from all over the world. While in college he attained the highest Amateur Radio license which was “Extra Class”. This involved passing a very difficult radio and electronic theory exam and sending and receiving Morse code at a rate of 20 words per minute. Fred graduated from Forbes High School in 1977, valedictorian. He went off to college and ended up at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He spent many years there working on a Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering which included many courses in Physics that assisted him in designing antennas.
After college he eventually moved to Rochester, MN where he spent the rest of his life. Fred worked as an engineer for Pemstar for many years continuing his love for designing and building technology related products. He enjoyed riding and repairing bicycles. Fred and his friend Jane enjoyed ice skating as well. Fred even tried out for the Olympics as an older skater. When computers showed up Fred went after those and leaned the LINUX operating system and swore that it is was the best. He could set up routers and servers with LINUX. He also enjoyed archery and music. Fred and Jane also enjoyed their garden for many years.
His life in Rochester involved skating, attending church activities and shopping for the food he enjoyed which was primarily Asian. His service to the community involved volunteer work for organizations like the skating rink where he taught classes and managed the database, local churches where he attended and helped others with his technology related skills when asked. Fred got diabetes late in life and battled the disease for many years. He held tightly to his faith in Jesus Christ and his Jewish heritage until his body gave out.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Stevens of Redfield, SD; his two brothers, Jonathan of Oskaloosa, IA and Eric of Aberdeen, SD.
Frederick was preceded in death by father on February 23, 2014 and his only sister, Ramona who passed away in August 2015 from complications of diabetes.