On November 17th 2020, my father, German Fricke, was reunited with his beloved wife in heaven. German was a dearly loved brother, uncle, father, and grandfather to many. He made friends everywhere he went and gave selflessly his entire life.
My dad was born and raised in East Los Angeles. When he graduated from Roosevelt High School, graduation rates were at 50%. He worked steadily to pull himself out of the sometimes unsafe and unstable conditions he lived in as a child. My dad provided a stable, safe life for his three children which was full of opportunities he never had. He married our mother DeAnna in 1984 and sadly lost her in 2007. They had 23 years of marriage and now can live the rest of eternity together.
No matter where he was, the employees knew him by name and lit up when I said I was his daughter. He talked up a storm at dialysis, at the hospital, at Fred Meyer, on the street, anywhere. Even as I picked up his belongings today, several employees came out to express how fond they were of my dad. He genuinely loved to get to know people and their stories.
He was known to many of his children's friends as "Mr. Fricke" and took us all out to eat, get coffee, and chauffeured us around for no reason other than it made him happy to see us happy. My dad was the kindest, most selfless, incredible father. Although it does not make the loss any less profound, our family finds peace in the fact he is no longer suffering.
The goal for this GoFundMe is to raise money for his funeral expenses. He will be buried soon and a service will be held at a later date considering the current restrictions on gatherings.
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