On the evening of November 22nd, 2021, Fredric A. Bakke (Q-Tip) passed away surrounded by his family. He was 82.
Fred was born to Clarence and Janet Bakke on August 23, 1939 in Helena MT. In 1957 Fred graduated from Helena High School and served in the United States Army.
On November 25, 1961, Fred married Judith Ann Stenhjem at the Cathedral in Helena MT. This union brought 4 children: Sherri, Robert (Bobby), Stacey and Kris.
There wasn’t much that Fred wasn’t involved in as far as his vast employment history. As a young man out of the Army Fred worked for his father who owned Bakke Drug in downtown Helena. In the 1960’s Fred started his career as a lineman for Mountain Bell which took him and his family to Washington state for a short period of time. In the 70’s into the 80’s Fred and his family lived between Montana and California. While in CA Fred worked for his brother Sam and his good friend Ray Collishaw installing water systems for homes and golf courses. On his adventures back to MT Fred worked for the highway department. After these cross-country travels, the family settled back in MT where Fred went on to work as a custodian with the Helena School District and Big Sky Care center where he retired from. However, Fred couldn’t just sit around, so he worked with his son Kris for the past few years doing septic work as well as being a handy man for the Glass Slipper.
Fred was an avid outdoorsman who spent over 600 days packing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He enjoyed life and loved the rush. This led him to become a pilot, and for years he enjoyed flying Ole’ Yeller his plane. Fred was also a cowboy, and he enjoyed his time helping his good friends sort cattle and mend fence on their ranches. The song Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day pretty much sums up this old country boy’s ways.
Fred was proceeded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Judy.
He is survived by his children: Sherri (Brett) Davis, Robert, Stacey and Kris (Katie) Bakke. Fred had 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren with 2 on the way.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday December 10th at the Glass Slipper.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you donate to a charity of your choice.