Jim Frerichs

Jim Frerichs

James “Jim” Frerichs died Friday July 8th, 2022, at the Curry Emergency Department after a 10-year battle with cancer and other health issues related to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gail Anderson, and three children from a previous marriage, Carmen, James, and Evangeline, as well as 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Lorna and Nancy.

James Frerichs was born on December 28, 1947, in LeMars, Iowa, to Henry and Mae Frerichs. He graduated from LeMars High School.

Jim and Gail moved to Brookings from Southern California in 1981 and founded the humane society, formerly known as Friends for Animals. Jim worked in the home electronics department at Fred Meyer for a number of years before working with Gail as vendors at shows and festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

Jim was in the Army during the Vietnam era and served with a special forces group, MAC V SOG, attached to the Green Berets his tour of Vietnam. He later reenlisted and attended college through the Army and became an economist with the Corps of Engineers for a number of years before starting his own business in Los Angeles where he also taught in local colleges.

Jim loved to play poker and could be found a couple of times a week in poker tournaments at the local casino until his illnesses became too great and he became bedbound for the last couple of years.

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