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Fred Roufs     N/A N/A Mankato Mankato  

 

2021

 
 
   
 

-------------Fred Roufs

Mankato

(deceased Jan 12, 2021)

 

 

 

Fred Roufs- Mankato-

Fred grew up in Le Sueur, Minnesota where he played youth and VFW baseball. He attended St. Anne’s Catholic School and graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1965. There he played baseball and was an accomplished wrestler. Fred attended Minnesota State University at Mankato where he studied business and wrestled for the Mavericks.

Fred was a huge ambassador for amateur baseball. After moving to Marshall in 1976 with his family, he immediately became involved with the Marshall Baseball Association which oversaw the city’s two amateur teams; the A’s and Giants. Improvements made to American Legion Field during his tenure included a new grandstand, dugout reconstruction, new scoreboard, concession stand and a press box. The press box is where Fred could be found on many summer evenings lending his voice as a public address announcer during VFW, American Legion, and amateur baseball games. Fred was instrumental in bringing to Marshall the 1987 State American Legion Baseball Tournament and the 1989 State Amateur Baseball Tournament. He served as chairperson on the Marshall Parks, Recreation, and Community Education Advisory Board and coached Marshall’s American Legion baseball team in the mid and late 1980s. He was a booster for Southwest Minnesota State athletics and was a pitcher for the Wooden Nickel Softball Team.

Fred and his family moved again in 1990 to Mankato where he aligned his professional life and his passion for community. He was a strong booster of Minnesota State athletics. Fred enjoyed spending time playing golf, being a member of the Mankato Golf Club and attending as many Maverick sporting events as possible.

Accolades Fred received along the way were being inducted into the Minnesota State University Hall of Fame in 2012, the Le Sueur Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010 (1965 team), 2012 (1963 team) and 2018 (1965 individual), and the Marshall Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. He served on the Minnesota Baseball Association Board for 26 years, becoming president in 2020. Fred received the Mike Downes Award for Outstanding Service to Minnesota Amateur Baseball in 2020. The press box at American Legion Field in Marshall was named after him in June, 2021.

Fred was married to Susan for 53 years and was a father to Jayson and Jennifer and a grandfather to Jack, Max, Maddie and Frederick. 

Fred passed away on January 12, 2021 at the age of 73.

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