Fredrick H. “Freddie” Nilges


    Fredrick H. “Freddie” Nilges of Linn, Missouri was born April 5, 1933 in Linn, Missouri to Fred Sr. and Lena (Voss) Nilges and passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the age of 87 years.


    Fred attended St. George School and was a 1951 graduate of Linn High School.
    In 1953 he was drafted by the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. The Army sent him to Electrician School which included construction, wiring, motors, generators and pole climbing.  After completion of the class, Fred accepted an Instructor position until his discharge in 1955.  
    On February 19, 1955 he married Alice Marie Edwards at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rich Fountain, Missouri.  
    Fred started working in grade school delivering milk and newspapers to customers in the Linn, Missouri area and later worked at the Linn Theatre making popcorn.
    As a young adult Fred worked with his dad and brother, Gene, operating Nilges and Sons.  Fred was a self-employed businessman in the community since 1955 working as a mechanical contractor for more than 35 years and an insurance agent since 1985 until his retirement.
    Fred was a member of St. George Catholic Church, Linn Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce, past member and president of Linn Jaycees and past member and Grand Knight of Linn Knights of Columbus. He also served for 12 years on the Linn City Council, was acting Mayor for the City of Linn, and served 20 years as the secretary for the Linn Special Road District.  
    He enjoyed watching western shows and movies. Fred loved to socialize and was always the life of the party. He especially enjoyed grilling with family and friends. In his spare time, he continued to use his mechanical skills and even created solar panels for his own home.
    In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Sr. and Lena Nilges; three brothers, Albert, Gene and Raymond Nilges; and a sister, Judy Kaullen.
    He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice Nilges; four children, Randy Nilges and fianceé Lori Stiefermann of Cuba, Missouri, Robert Nilges and wife Linda of Jefferson City, Missouri, Lisa Burks and husband Dave of Jefferson City, Missouri and Lori Hughes and husband Rodney of Jefferson City, Missouri; one sister, Lena Mae Foster of Linn, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Bill Kaullen of Linn, Missouri and Bob Edwards of St. James, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Nilges of Jefferson City, Missouri and Ann Fick of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 14 grandchildren, Kati, Zach, Leah, and Joseph Nilges, Kayla (Davis) Mittelhauser, David Nilges, Joey Nilges, Lauren (Michael) Sprague, Angela (Jeff) Randolph, Kaley (Tyler) Ash, Maggie Hughes, Nick and Lauren Alexander and Max Hughes;  11 great grandchildren; his loyal companion, Allie; other relatives and friends..
    Private family services will be held with interment in St. George Parish Cemetery with full military honors.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel in Linn, Missouri.

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