Fred R. Fricke, age 77, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away at home on November 7, 2016. He was born on February 11, 1939 in Muskegon, MI to Irene and Richard Fricke. He lived in Kalamazoo for over 50 years. On July 3, 1965 he married Glenda Hamilton who survives as well as one daughter Terri (Fricke) Sootsman and one Granddaughter, Marissa Sootsman. Fred enjoyed working as a machinist and did so until he was 75. No visitation is planned. A small graveside service will be held at the Schoolcraft cemetery for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers a remembrance of Fred can be made to Hospice of Southwest MI.