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Lieutenant Benjamin Kirk Frederick, M.D.

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“Just learning of the death of your son. I will be thinking of your family and sending prayers your way. Your son sounds like a wonderful...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Marilyn and Mark,I'm so sorry for your loss. What an amazing person Benjamin must have been. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family.With...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Karen Stanley - Champaign, IL

“Marilyn,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
3 of 40 | Posted by: Rick Pembroke - Bennington, VT

“Dear Mark,Marilyn and Chris,Our sincere sympathy and prayers to you on the loss of Ben.How proud you are of such remarkable sons. We are praying for...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Jim and Sue Brannick - Freeport, IL

“Dear Marilyn, Mark and Chris,We are keeping you in our hearts and prayers everyday. It is impossible for us to comprehend the magnitude of your...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Bruce Chattman

“We have so many wonderful memories of Ben and Nicole and our young families. We love you all and are praying for each one of you. We will have...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Jeff an Sherry Wilkin - Arvada, CO

“Marilyn, My heart is full, full of sadness for you and your family, but at the same time full of gratitude that Ben was my son Vincenzo's friend....Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Polly Happach - Winnenago, IL

“Dear Marilyn, Mark and Chris,I am so deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful son, Ben. My heart aches for you and for all of your family.I...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Debra Capriola - Rockford, IL

“I met Ben and his family at Ben Haller's funeral. He spoke wonderful words of comfort. Since that time, Ben has been comforting Ben Haller's friends,...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Elizabeth Rosenberger - Richland, MI

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. I can remember Ben\'s first day at our daycare. He was always a very polite...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Gary and Sandra Plowman

“In memory of Benjamin.Losing a child is a profound loss like no other.Please know, that others share your grief and understand. ”
11 of 40 | Posted by: Compassionate Friends.org

“Our heartfelt sympathy. ”
12 of 40 | Posted by: Sheldon & Leatrice Langer - PA

“I've never met anyone with more passion for life. We are all lucky to have known you. Though your time was cut far too short, you lived more in...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Daniel Balk

“A caring heart and a bright spirit, always, Ben brought so much life to his friends and his work. It is beyond comprehension that I will never again...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Mary Liesenberg - Beaufort, SC

“Dear Frederick family, Ben was much loved and touched many lives with his easy smile and fun-loving nature. We went to medical school together and we...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Shane Lieberman - Denver, CO

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
16 of 40 | Posted by: KAREN (MYERS) VEHMEIER

“Dear Ben's family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Ben when we lived together in Florence, and he was such a kind, fun and...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Line Btner Kristensen

“Dear Marilyn, Mark and Christopher,We feel an immense sorrow for your loss. It seems like yesterday that he was a young boy playing baseball in the...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: christian kruse

“The depth of my sorrow of your loss is profound. My thoughts, prayers, and blessings are with you all at this most tragic and difficult time. God...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Kelly Betzina

“This bright shining light of Lt. Frederick will be missed so many around the world, but mostly by his friends and family. I never had to pleasure...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Nancy Newton - Freeport, IL

“So sad to hear the news of Ben's passing. We knew Ben when he was growing up in Vermont and he was a close friend of our daughter Karrie. He made us...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Jeff and Melody Blittersdorf - VT

“I'm so sorry for your loss. It is such a terrible tragedy. I went to medical school with Ben and he was always such a friendly, fun loving and smart...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Shelley Kon - Washington, DC

“Great man that I truly enjoyed flying with. Always had a new story and fun laugh to share, especially about the boat or the "short bus". So very...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Sean Henrickson - Beaufort, SC

“I am so very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family and his friends who surely loved him. ”
24 of 40 | Posted by: Freda Meyer

“So sad, you have lost one of your greatest blessings. As have we all, his presence and friendship. Such a terrible loss. ”
25 of 40 | Posted by: Phyllis VanHorn

“So very sorry to hear of your loss Marilyn. Sending prayers to you and your family. ”
26 of 40 | Posted by: Joanne Russell

“Marilyn, Mark and Chris...Ben's list of accomplishments was long though his life was short. I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. ”
27 of 40 | Posted by: Ellen Goodman - Underhill, VT

“Marilyn, Mark and Christopher, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. There are no words...know that I am thinking of you and may the light &...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Lynn LeBrun - Lebanon, NH

“Dearest Marilyn, Mark and Chris,There are no words that can express the sorrow that we feel for your loss, and it is with heartache and great sadness...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Marilyn,I am so sorry for your loss. Your son sounds like an amazing young man who did alot for others during his time here. ”
30 of 40 | Posted by: Pat Amsden

“Marilyn & Mark -- I'm sorry to hear of Ben's passing. While I hadn't met Ben, I'm sure you were very proud of him.Connie & Kevin Preston ”
31 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Ben, I loved seeing you riding your bike around base, always smiling and shouting out to me when I passed you in my car. You were a wonderful man,...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Maria Schuch - Iwakuni, Japan.

“I never met you, but I'm a fellow U.S. military doctor previously stationed in Misawa, Japan. Thank you for your service and sacrifice brother. Now...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Lt Col Chris Wyatt - Sheppard AFB, TX

“I am very grateful to call you a friend and for all the fun times we shared. You always left people with a laugh and a smile... and that's how you'll...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Connie Ramsburg - MD

“Ben was an incredible man and colleague. I will be forever grateful to have known him for these few months in Iwakuni. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Angie Rhinehart - Iwakuni

“Ben I'm just so heart broken over this. You were just carefree and loving. You were just such an amazing person to be around and I will always...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Erin Shackford - Colchester, VT

“You always made every room brighter. You'll be missed. ”
37 of 40 | Posted by: Nicholas Pytel - NC

“Ben was an incredible person - always quick with a smile and a story! He will be dearly missed. ”
38 of 40 | Posted by: Devin Oakes

“I love you Ben. We will always remember you. I was lucky to have been your roommate for 6 wonderful months in Florida! ”
39 of 40 | Posted by: Sang

“Ben is an awesome guy, an awesome doctor and awesome friend. I truly feel lucky to know him. He is terribly missed. Thinking of all of his many...Read More »
40 of 40 | Posted by: Allison Bush - Beaufort, SC


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Lieutenant Benjamin Kirk Frederick, M.D. passed away on Saturday morning, December 17, from injuries sustained in an accident while on active duty stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. Ben was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy with the Silver Eagles VMFA 115 Marine F-18 squadron. With an adventurous soul and a drive to serve others, he found a perfect fit in a career as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He was a caring and devoted brother, son, and doctor. An avid traveler with an eye for adventure, Ben steered his schooling and career to take him all over the globe. Born in Freeport, Illinois on November 20, 1983, he was a wonderfully independent and carefree spirit from the start. From a childhood full of friends and family in Vermont and college at the University of San Diego and Florence Italy, to obtaining his medical doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, clinical public health work in Haiti and beyond, to earning his wings and proudly serving as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Navy, Ben lived a full life. Though a carefree, fun-loving, and lively force, he was fiercely devoted in service to his squadron and in loyalty to his friends and family. He is survived by his brother, Lieutenant Christopher S. Frederick, M.D., who is stationed with the Navy in Portsmouth, Virginia, and by his parents, Mark T and Marilyn R (Lassandro) Frederick, of Underhill, Vermont. He was predeceased by his grandparents: Dr. Vincent L & Lois F (Moakley) Frederick, Frank R & Lillian R (Oddo) Lassandro, his cousin Anthony Lassandro and his surrogate brother Ben (Benjo) Haller. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to "Live Like Benjo" http://livelikebenjo.org/ or a charity of your own choosing. A celebration of Ben's life will be provided at a later date.

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