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Fred LeRoy Ballou, 83, of Park Rapids, died suddenly Thursday, Feb., 13, 2014 at his home.

Fred was born April 3, 1930 in Darling Township, Morrison County, the son of Merle, Sr. and Mable (Betts) Ballou. He grew up in Randall and graduated from Little Falls High School.

He entered the U.S. Army February 1952, serving for two years, 13 months of which he was in Korea during the Korean Conflict. Fred was honorably discharged in February 1954.

He returned home and got his college degree in Industrial Arts. He taught for two years in Frost. He went on to attain his Master's Degree at Bemidji State University.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie L. Anderson on June 29, 1956 in Babbitt.

In 1959, he began a lengthy career first as an auto body instructor and then as the assistant director for the Area Vo-Tech Institute in Thief River Falls. He retired in 1987. Later, they moved to Park Rapids, where they have lived for the past 22 years.

Fred enjoyed fishing and feeding the deer, woodworking. He especially enjoyed making furniture for his family and grandchildren. They enjoyed camping in the many campers he built over the years.

He was an active member of the Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids, he was involved with many special projects at the Northern Pines Church Camp in Park Rapids.

He was known for his humor and touched the lives of many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Ballou of Park Rapids; his daughter, Kimberly (Jerrold) Bjerke of Chula Vista, Calif.; son, Mike (Michelle) Ballou of West Fargo, N.D.; granddaughters, Tiffany (Mike) McKittrick of Eden Prairie, Jessica and Emily Ballou of West Fargo, N.D.; great- grandson, Connor McKittrick; and two brothers, Norman and Marvin Ballou.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Merle Ballou Jr., and granddaughter, Sabrina Marie Yates.

Funeral services: 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids. Pastor Lee Kantonen will be the officiant.

Military honors will be provided by the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 Honors Team of Park Rapids.

Interment will take place later in the spring near his home community.