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Fred Erik Braastad, MD

April 3, 1957 June 23, 2019
Fred Erik Braastad, MD
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Obituary for Fred Erik Braastad, MD

Dunlap-Fred Erik Braastad, MD, age 62, passed away on June 23, 2019 in Peoria.

Fred was born to Sigfred and Anna (Erikson) Braastad on April 3, 1957 in Sioux Falls, SD and attended the University of South Dakota, studying chemistry. He completed medical school at University of South Dakota and came to Peoria, IL as a surgical resident at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in 1986. He joined Dr. Carl Adams, Dr. Charles Montgomery and Dr. Rich Archer in Associated Surgical Group and was on staff at OSF for over 30 years. He also worked at Proctor Hospital and Methodist Medical Center. He was also on staff at Mason District Hospital in Havana, IL and enjoyed working there. He was currently employed by OSF with OSF Healthcare Surgery Group and loved working with his partners, especially Dr. Gavish Patel.

Fred met his wife, Linda Walling while both were residents at OSF. They were married July 28, 1990 and had nearly 29 years of happiness together.

Fred’s proudest achievements were his two daughters. He loved them deeply and felt great joy in watching them grow into the women they are today.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, two daughters, Taylor and Morgan Braastad, brother, Robert Braastad, MD, sister, Brenda Braastad, sisters-in-law, Linda and Sue Braastad, brother- in-law, Brad (Peg) Walling, and sister-in-law, Phyllis Walling. Also surviving are his father-in-law, William Walling, MD and stepfather-in-law, Merle Toliver, as well as many nieces and nephews, whom he adored.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John Braastad, brother-in-law, Paul Nyberg, MD and mother-in-law, Jo Toliver.

Fred’s hobbies included sailing, photography, woodworking, traveling, watching hockey and playing with his dogs. But most of all, Fred was dedicated to medicine and spent his life trying to help others. He held a close bond with many coworkers and patients and felt losses deeply. He was humble about his successes. He had a huge heart and was easy to love. He will be forever missed.

A Memorial Service will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM also at the mortuary. Rev. Frank Dunaway, MD will officiate. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made to Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist, 1209 E. Lake Ave, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 or TAPS of Pekin.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

27

Jun

3:00 PM 6/27/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/27/2019 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Thursday

27

Jun

7:00 PM 6/27/2019 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

TAPS

Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist

1209 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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