Frederic Charles Lickteig Jr.

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Frederic Charles Lickteig, 88, went to be with his Lord on April 16, 2021. Fred was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, September 13, 1932, to Frederic and Emily Lickteig. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he attended Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy, in Big Rapids, Michigan. He married his wife of 64 years, Laura Lindsay, before he graduated.

He enjoyed a long career as owner of Alpine Village Pharmacy in Gaylord, Michigan. After his retirement from pharmacy, Fred and Laura became the owners of The Word Bookstore and enjoyed their new business for 14 years. During Fred’s years in Gaylord, he was actively involved in the Gaylord Rotary Club and the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce, he served as president for each of these clubs. Fred was also active in the Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Gaylord Alpenfest Committee, and was a member of Evangelical Free Church.

After two years as “snowbirds”, they settled permanently in Surprise, Arizona in 2003. While in Arizona, he was an active member of the Civil War Roundtable, Grand Central Railroad (outdoor train group) in Sun City Grand, and Trinity Bible Church, Sun City West.

Fred is survived by his loving wife, Laura, and four married children, Frederic W. (Kathy); Eric (Karen); Janel (Howard) Ozar; and Ellen (Greg) Haenni. Surviving also are his 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his loving brother, Roger (Karen).

A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021, 1:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, in Gaylord.

7 comments on “Frederic Charles Lickteig Jr.”

  1. Linda Hlywa Burzynski

    Dear Lickteig family,
    How sad I am to hear of Fred’s passing.
    Fred gave me one of my first just jobs when I was just 15 years old. I worked for Fred all through high school. When I first started, it was at Al’s Drugstore just a block from St Mary’s at the time. And then Fred renamed it Alpine Pharmacy
    Fred and Gene N who was also a pharmacist there, were the best bosses I ever had. Fred was always kind, to the point when instructing me, and was a role model of integrity, attention to detail, work ethic, and the kindness he exhibited to his staff and customers. He always took the time to arrange my schedule around basketball and football games so I could be on the cheerleading team. Fred beamed with pride whenever he spoke of his beautiful
    Family. He showed great compassion when my grandfather and great grandfather were ill and passed away. Always very careful in explaining the prescriptions we needed for them. After I married Victor Burzynski and moved away from Gaylord, he wrote a very nice letter of recommendation for me that enabled me to get another job at a pharmacy in My Pleasant. Whenever we
    came home to visit Gaylord, I always stopped by to see Fred and Gene. They always dropped what they were doing to give me a big welcome home hug and to hear how I was doing. There aren’t that many men in the world like Fred. He was one of a kind. I am so honored to have had him, and also Gene as mentors during my teenage years. I pray that our Lord Jesus will give you comfort in knowing Fred is surely with Him and that one day we will see Fred’s warm and welcoming smile again. In sympathy,
    Linda Hlywa Burzynski

  2. Dear Lickteig family,
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I remember your dad as one of the wonderful parents that made growing up in Gaylord such a special time for all us kids! Your dad is in my thoughts, my memories and in my prayers.
    Barbara Dixon Walker

  3. Laura, Freddie, Eric, Janel, and Ellen, So saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a significant part of my career as a pharmacist, but more than that, provided me with some really great personal memories; smelt dipping at midnight in Mackinaw, introducing me to guiduc, teaching me how to pour cough syrup out of a gallon jug without looking “like I was feeding a goat!” No doubt he will be watching “THE” game from heaven’s bleachers.

  4. Oh Laura, I am sad to hear this, but not really since we know he is rejoicing in heaven and we will see him again! We have such good memories of times with you and Fred, in Gaylord, as well as in Arizona. You guys talked us into doing the snowbird thing in AZ, and Fred was so accommodating in taking me to the Phoenix airport, even at 4am sometimes, and then in picking me up from the airport, along with my travel companion for that trip. But Fred and I had an agreement, I wouldn’t call him after 8pm, and he wouldn’t call me until after 8am (I always teased him about going to bed so early, but he was an early riser and I was not). Lots of good times, Laura. I look forward to seeing you at the service. Love and hugs, Joan and Steve

  5. Laura Glasser Hansmann

    Dear Laura, Fred, Eric, Janel, Ellen and families,
    What a sadness to hear of Fred’s passing. I have many early fond memories of visiting you all at your home in town, and then at Otsego Lake when we were growing up. Later, I was fortunate he could find room for me as a pharmacy intern, and then, as a pharmacist at Alpine Village Pharmacy. He and Gene were so accommodating to me as a young mother, trying to juggle the responsibilities of motherhood and work; I will always be grateful for their many kindnesses.
    Hugs and prayers for the family; hope to see you at the service.
    Laura Glasser Hansmann

  6. Cindy (Pritchard) Anderson

    Dear Mrs. L., Fred, Eric, Janel, Ellen and your respective families:
    My heart and prayers go out to each of you at the news of Mr. L’s passing. I know he’s basking in the Glory of Christ, and getting re-acquainted with those who have gone before him, like my dad, who has already been showing him around, and taking him to all the good places to eat! (Milt always liked a good meal!)
    I have such fond memories of hanging out at your house, and me and Ellen driving him nuts. (I think he secretly loved it!) He was so tolerant of our infinite giggling and foolishness!
    I will remember his kindness towards me, his seemingly unending stream of knowledge on all different subjects, (very impressive to a mouthy little teenager like me back in the day), and the way he loved his family with everything he had in him.
    So, I lift you all up in prayer today and always, as you allow God to heal your grief, bring you joy in your memories, and send you hope, in the Eternity He promises, through His risen Son, Jesus.
    God bless you, Lickteig family. Love y’all.
    Cindy (Pritchard) Anderson and family

  7. Gene Niedzwiecki

    Dear Laura, Fred Jr, Eric, Janel and Ellen: what a great loss we suffer with Fred’s passing, but a true gain in heaven for all our beloved. He touched the lives of so many people in his professional career and outside of it. I can start with my professional career and my (our) private lives. He was truly a wonderful boss, friend, and partner. We had many many good times together, at the pharmacy, and outside the pharmacy. He will truly be missed by many. I will see you at the graveside service.

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