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Obituary: Frederick Kim Westlund

On the evening of Dec. 1, 2023, the peace of eternal life was granted to Fred Westlund, 73, after enduring a long battle with the complications of lymphedema.

Frederick Kim Westlund was born July 8, 1950 in Duluth, the third child born to Rodney and Lois Westlund. A very close family, the Westlunds lived in close proximity to their extended family and spent many happy days at their grandparents' cabin on Little Grand Lake near Saginaw, where Fred's deep love of nature began. He found great enjoyment in camping, fishing and hunting with his brothers.

In deciding on a career, Fred chose to become an amphibious seaplane pilot. This career took him to Alaska, where he worked as a bush pilot for 23 years.

Upon retiring, Fred settled on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to be close to his sister. During those years, he spent his time collecting and restoring antique gold scales to pristine condition. He enjoyed collecting antiques and fascinating objects from the natural world. Ever the meticulous craftsman, he also took great pleasure in working with wood.

Fred was preceded in death by his father and mother; his younger brother Timothy Westlund; and his son, Dereck Westlund. He is survived by his brothers Curtis P. Westlund and Ted Westlund; and his sister, Susan W. Patchel. He also leaves behind two nephews, one niece and many cousins.

The family will be scattering Fred's ashes by air and at sea in honor of his great love of nature.

There are no plans for services at this time. Express condolences to the family via the online register at gallopfuneral services.com.

Pine Knot News, Dec. 8, 2023