Lloyd James “Jim”
Frechette Jr., 68, of White Bear Lake passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 22, 2021. Jim was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, August 25, 1952. He worked at Schwing America where he dedicated 37 years of his life, retiring in 2016. Jim was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and storyteller. As many know, he was the self-proclaimed “Crappie King,” and even had the tattoo to prove it. He took his role as the “Crappie King” very seriously, and you could always find him where the fish were biting. Jim was a father, a partner, a mentor, a friend, a counselor, a role model, and a confidant, the list goes on and on.
He will be missed by all.
Jim is survived by his longtime partner, Carolyn Cooley; daughters, Natasha (Phil) Gjertson, and Tiffany (Drew) Miller; grandchildren Spencer, Avery, Sadie, Nolan, and Ruby; sister, Linda Hacker; step-mom, Phyllis Frechette; half-sisters, Debbie (Sid) Williams and Kari (Glenn) Germain; Carolyn’s daughters, Faith Vadnais-Kuny, Emily (Matt) Cooley Dobbins, Madeline (Mike) Bobkins, and their children Katherine, Beatrice, Beau, and Marley. Nephew David (Angie) Frechette. He is preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Frechette Sr., mother, Donna Mae Osmundson; step-father, Bernard Osmundson; half-brother, Joel Frechette, half-sister, Lisa Frechette-Schurmeier, and brother-in-law, Keith Hacker.
There will be a celebration of life August 21, 2021 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Vanelli’s by The Lake, 55 Lake St. S., Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a prayer and open microphone to share stories about Jim.
Please dress casually. Wear your best hunting or fishing attire.