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Frederick A. Born

Frederick Albert Born born January 1, 1933, to Frederick and Pauline (Hinrichs) Born, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, FL of natural causes. 


He grew up on the farm near St. Thomas, ND and graduated from St. Thomas High School.  On July 22, 1955, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou McMartin at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Crystal, ND.  After their marriage they continued to live and farm west of St.Thomas.


Fred served on many boards. He was sec/treas of the St Thomas Fire Protection District for 25 plus years.  Member of the Booster Club and Board of Directors of the Community Development Corporation.  Director of Grafton National Bank, which later became Norwest and then Wells Fargo.  He was a member and served many positions at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Thomas, ND.  Fred was a board member of Pembina County Sugar Beet Assoc, Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association, and American Crystal Sugar Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of the Board for four years.


When Fred retired from farming, they lived in St. Thomas and spent winters at Lake Fairways in North Fort Myers, FL. They traveled in their motorhome to all 48 states while heading south to Florida and back north in the spring. After selling their home in St. Thomas, summers were spent at Fish Hook Lake near Park Rapids, MN.


Fred loved to golf and had 5 hole-in-ones at Lake Fairways.  He and Betty loved to entertain and was known for his prime rib on the grill! He also enjoyed watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins.


Survivors include his daughter Debra Born (Rodney Olson) North Fort Myers, FL; brother-in-law Lawrence (Lucille) Schaefer, Cedar Park, TX; sister-in-law Jeanette (McMartin) Lukenda, Apple Valley, MN; several nieces and nephews; and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Betty, son William, sisters, Ruth and Lucille. 


Due to Covid-19 there will be no visitation or service now and interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, rural Crystal, ND. Plans are for a service in the spring.  We ask that you take a moment to remember Fred and share your stories with others. 





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Fred was a golfing buddy of mine. When I joined Lake Fairways golf, there were no women who played on Saturdays so I was set up with Fred and his golfing buddies. Had to bring my dimes because Fred made you play in his games....seems he always won!

Dede Martin Nov 15 2020 12:00 AM

Fred was a great guy, always smiling. Really enjoyed his company. Al Potts & Sam

Al & Sam Potts Nov 15 2020 12:00 AM

We met these dear friends in Lake Fairways many years ago, along with our other North Dakota Minnesota friends.
We had many good years with Fred, Betty, and Debi and Rod, and quite a few gatherings on Thanksgiving.
Fred will be missed and especially his smile.
He has returned home with his family.
Good friends Donnie and Diana.

Don and Diana Klosterman Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

Your Dad and entire family played such an important role in my growing up. His sense of humor was so reassuring for me to see in a hard working, successful man. You all hold a special spot in my heart. Love, Cynthia

Cynthia Luebbe Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM