Frederick E. Gaines
August 28, 1937 - April 19, 2010
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Frederick Gaines, age 72, died early on Monday morning, April 19, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born August 28, 1937 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Stephen and Coleata Gaines. He graduated from high school in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fred also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Japan. On May…

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James Acker left a message on May 17, 2010:
Fred wasn't my theater director, he was my swimming coach at Lawrence for two years, an interesting time for Lawrence athletics. He was encouraging, friendly, tolerant, and knowledgeable, and I thought that it was very Lawrentian to have a swimming coach who was a renowned playwright and drama professor. I saw him a few times and talked with him a few times after my Lawrence years, and as is the case with small colleges, he always remembered me and talked to me as a friend. He's a person that I will miss and the world will miss.
SUSSMILCH left a message on April 25, 2010:
Yves told us about Frederick.Remenber we met us in Cahors at the time of "Hands accross the sea " and we appraciate Frederick as man and writer. In the sadness of these moments be sure we are by your side with our sympathy and deepest thoughts. Christian and Claire
JoAnn Skloot left a message on April 24, 2010:
Dear Judy and Family, We are holding you in our hearts and our thoughts are with you all. We hope that this difficult time will be eased a bit knowing that you are well loved. Jo and Bob
Dianne Belisle left a message on April 23, 2010:
Dear Judy and Family, So sorry to hear of Fred's transition. Such a kind and talented man! I have such lovely memories of all of you from our growings in Somerset. My beloved friend, Mike Wahlquist, left us in October, 2007. I can only image Fred & Mike collaborating on another "show stopper!" Be well. I send you Blessings and Love. Dianne
WENDY [ BELISLE ] LAUSTED left a message on April 23, 2010:
JUDY AND FAMILY, I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, FRED WAS A WONDERFUL MAN, HE WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY THAT KNEW HIM, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. AND EVEN MY LOVE. I HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES OF YOU ALL WHEN YOU LIVED IN SOMERSET WISCONSIN. I WONT FORGET THEM. LOVE ALWAYS WENDY [
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Leota Ester left a message on April 21, 2010:
Judy, I am so sorry. What a lovely man you have lost..and you keep forever in your heart. Leota
Yves Mannessier left a message on April 21, 2010:
Très chère Judy, En ces moments très difficiles je tiens à te redire ma profonde sympathie... Fred était un homme d'une rare générosité... Le club théâtre de notre petite école se joint à moi pour partager ton immense peine et celle de ta famille. Avec mon affection, mon admiration et toute ma reconnaissance. "Hands across the sea" Yves
Brooke Joyce left a message on April 21, 2010:
Dear Judy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Fred was one of the most important mentors in my creative life—our collaborations were important projects for me in my development as a musician. I’m so glad we were able to reconnect, if briefly, this past December, and I’ll truly miss him and his wit, knowledge and sense of humanity. He was a gem. --Brooke Joyce
Christopher Korbel left a message on April 21, 2010:
I offer my deepest sympathies to the Gaines Family. I cannot begin to fathom the depth of your loss. The world maybe a sadder place for all the plays he will not write and people that he will not teach. However, his intelligence, authenticity, and encouragement guide all of his former pupils who teach and/ or offer their performances to the world. In this manner Fred now belongs to the infinite line of creativity. That said, I am certain Fred would accuse me of overstating his role in the universe but then again he was the only professor who I ever met who insisted on being called by his first name. Thank you sir, I know you will not let me say that you are the one who changed the course of my entire life, but you have to admit you sure as heck kept me from continuing to go in the wrong direction. I will miss you almost as much as I will reflect upon your words. I appreciate all that you have done. -God Bless You Fred Gaines. Christopher G. Korbel Class of 88
Laurie McCulloch left a message on April 21, 2010:
Dear Judy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. The world will be a poorer place without Fred's loving presence. Laurie
Christopher G Powless left a message on April 20, 2010:
Judy, Just a note to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what its like to lose someone who was such a large part of you're life. Fred's influence on me as a writer and as a person will forever be remembered. The times my wife and I spent at you're home will also stay with me forever. There is a sense of love and acceptance from the both of you. Take Care and feel free to contact us if you need anything.
Nadine & Sam Miller left a message on April 20, 2010:
Judy and family, We join in your sorrow in losing Fred. What a wonderful life you shared. We are holding you in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Please know that we are here for anything you need.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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