Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Tyler James Fretland
June 7, 1990 - October 1, 2022

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Burnsville, MN formerly of Williston, ND
Age: 32



Tyler Fretland, 32, of Burnsville, MN formerly of Williston, ND, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2022 due to injuries sustained in an airplane accident outside of Hermantown, MN.

Tyler James Fretland was born to Tom and Bonnie Fretland on June 7, 1990 in Williston, ND. Tyler was joined by his little sister Brianna 2 years later and from that moment they became best friends.

At a young age Tyler showed interest in flying and had talked about joining the Air Force so he could fly for a living. He later started working a job at the airport where his love for airplanes grew stronger. He moved to the Twin Cities to work for Delta and after a few years decided he was ready to jump into the cockpit and make his dream a reality. For the last 3 years Tyler has worked relentlessly to advance his knowledge in flying and ultimately wanted to be a pilot for Delta.

Along with Tyler’s love of flying, he had a great sense of adventure. He loved to travel anywhere he could even if it was last minute. He enjoyed trips to Amsterdam, Thailand, Panama, Puerto Rico, and numerous locations in the US. He loved spending time outdoors during the summer and would go kayaking and hiking any chance he could.

Tyler had a heart full of love and stayed in touch with many members of his family and friends from all walks of life. He had the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face by his jokes or his silly faces. The moments Tyler shared with every person he met was cherished by him and will continue to be cherished by all.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Tom and Bonnie (Slaamot) Fretland; sister, Brianna Fretland; grandma, Ruth Slaamot; godmother, LaVonna Skogberg; goddaughter; Elayna and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Tyler was preceded in death by his grandparents, Duane and Delcina Fretland; grandpa, Martin Slaamot; uncle, Tony Slaamot; and godfather, Dan Neubauer.

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Sue Treider (WIlliston, North Dakota)
Oct 3, 2022
We are so sorry to hear this sending you hugs and prayers!! Love The Treiders
Paula Hansen Schilke (Williston)
Oct 3, 2022
Your family has my most sincere sympathy during this time of great loss. I can only imagine the love you had for your son. Take care and take time to remember and speak his name. Paula
Bridgette Shahin (Williston, ND)
Oct 3, 2022
Bonnie, Tom and Brianna,
Words cant even express. I am so sorry for your loss. Tyler was the nicest guy. You're in my prayers.
Tami Berger
Oct 3, 2022
Tom, Bonnie & Brianna I am at a complete loss for words! I’m so very sorry! My heart breaks for all of you. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tamy Monson
Oct 4, 2022
Bonnie & family
There are no words to this kind of loss.. my heart absolutely breaks for all of you..may his memories always bring a smile to your faces & joy to your hearts. Sending lots of thoughts prayers & hugs to all of you..
kristy skelton (williston)
Oct 4, 2022
Prayers to you at this time. he was a great kid.
Tanya Mather (Ray, ND)
Oct 4, 2022
Please accept our warmest condolences. We are sending thoughts of peace and courage your way. Keeping your family in our prayers.
Becky Akerson
Oct 4, 2022
Fretland family,

Tyler was an amazing friend and amazing young man. Thank you for raising and nurturing such a wonderful human. I am grateful to have been his friend and to have gotten to experience his love for life, traveling and his family and friends. I will always treasure Tyler and the time I spent with him.

I am sending you all gratitude, care, and so much sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss.
Tamy Monson
Oct 4, 2022
Bonnie & family
There are no words to this kind of loss.. my heart absolutely breaks for all of you..may his memories always bring a smile to your faces & joy to your hearts. Sending lots of thoughts prayers & hugs to all of you..
Leona Lambert (Bainville, MT)
Oct 4, 2022
Bri and family,
My heart aches for you as you grieve the loss of Tyler. Prayer to you for peace and healing with time.
Char Hanson Borud
Oct 4, 2022
I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sue Angermeier (Coon Rapids, MN)
Oct 4, 2022
I am so sorry to hear about Tyler’s passing. He was the sweetest kid and I so enjoyed having him in my class so many years ago. My heart breaks for you. I pray for strength as you grieve your sweet boy.
Michael Schall
Oct 4, 2022
Words can not express the condolences for the family. Tyler always had a smile and a kind word. Worked with him in both Williston and Fargo. My deepest condolences on this terrible loss.
Brittany Siverson (Fargo, ND)
Oct 4, 2022
I am deeply saddened to hear about Tyler’s passing. I will forever be grateful and cherish the memories that I got to make with Tyler when we worked at the Fargo airport together. He will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time.
Val Gorder Trumpower (Williston, ND)
Oct 5, 2022
So sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs and prayers for all the family.
Will Young (Minneapolis, MN)
Oct 5, 2022
Tyler was born to fly, and fate put me in his life to help him learn to do so. Being his friend and mentor has been one of the great honors of my life and I will truly miss him every day. He will forever soar above the clouds. Blue skies and tailwinds my dear friend.
Brittany Siverson (Fargo, ND)
Oct 5, 2022
I am deeply saddened to hear about Tyler’s passing. I will forever be grateful and cherish the memories that I got to make with Tyler when we worked at the Fargo airport together. He will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time.
Shelly and Clif Sundt (Williston , ND)
Oct 5, 2022
We are so saddened and broken hearted to hear of Tyler’s passing. He was always so kind and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed having him in 6th grade. Loved his smile and laugh. Prayers for strength, comfort, and peace during this difficult time.
Lori Belisle (Delano, MN)
Oct 6, 2022
Tom,Bonnie and Brianna,
We are so sorry to learn of your loss of Tyler. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Lori
Lester&Leslyan Ronholdt & Family (Williston, N.D.)
Oct 6, 2022
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you all in your time of sorrow.
Tammy Brown (Burnville, Mn)
Oct 6, 2022
Tyler was a friend of mine. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friend. I am so proud of him. He was actively changing his life.
Elin Fretland Ahmadpour (Miles City, MT)
Oct 6, 2022
Dear Tom, Bonnie and Family,

Words cannot express how truly sorry we are for the loss of your son Tyler. You have our deepest sympathy and condolences. We're so sorry for your loss.

Elin, Naser, and Parsa
Wayne Schmidt (Inver Grove Heigts, MN)
Oct 6, 2022
My deepest sympathy to Tyler's family and friends. Tyler was an amazing young man.

I was a student of Tyler's, and he did my checkout flights for two different aircraft. He was always kind and patient and did a fantastic job of teaching me what I needed to know.

He told me he was proud of his family and thankful for the loving environment he grew up in.

Rest in peace Tyler. You'll always be sitting next to me when I fly.

Jeffrey A. Fretland (El Paso, Texas USA)
Oct 6, 2022
Dear Bonnie, Tom and Brianna:
I was totally shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Tyler's death, along with the Schmidt siblings. I will have Father Alan Alaka celebrate a special mass for Tyler. Father Alan is the pastor of my home parish church, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during such an emotionally exhausting period in your lives. Love you all!
Scooter Fretland

Kathy Hanek (Lakeville, MN)
Oct 7, 2022
I want to send my sincerest condolences to Tyler's family. Tyler was an amazing young man with a kind and generous heart. I had the privilege to call him my neighbor for over a year. I admired his determination to live life to the fullest and never let anything stop him from achieving his goals and dreams. You will be dearly missed my friend. Fly high friend and don't forget to let us know you are still smiling down on us.
Ray Unterseher (Watford City, North Dakota)
Oct 7, 2022
I send my deepest condolence to the Fretland family and to Matthew and Alyssa family as well!
It is OK to ask why! Tyler, an experienced commercial pilot with Instrument Rating with night time hours, and many hours of flying. We can ask why.
Crystal ( Holm) Sanchez (Tulsa , Ok)
Oct 7, 2022
Your son was one of the good ones. I hung out with him in high school and went to winter formal with him. He was always so sweet. He was part of our group and it wasn’t complete with out him. He will be deeply missed and always remembered.
Susan Jorgenson (Williston, ND)
Oct 10, 2022
What a beautiful sharing video of Tyler.’s life. Thank you family and Fulkerson’s. Sadness in our lives; gladness in his life of fun, smiles, and treasuring everyone. Sympathy to you all.
Pat Lucy (Miltona, MN)
Oct 10, 2022
Tom, Bonnie, Brianna. There are no words. This is so very sad. Tyler was such a great kid. I can't even imagine what you must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Kim (Forness) Miller (Williams , ND)
Oct 10, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Azfer A (Eagan, MN)
Oct 11, 2022
Met Tyler recently. Just know that he is happy and at peace. He loved flying, and is still spreading his helpful, positive energy up in the air.
Rachel Roloff (Williston)
Oct 11, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of Tyler's passing. I have very fond memories of Tyler at confirmation and youth group at Gloria Dei and graduating with him at WHS. He was always so kind and funny. I ran into him a couple times after highschool and he would always stop and chat. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Holly Hendrickson (bismarck, ND)
Oct 11, 2022
Tom, Bonnie & Brianna,
There are no words to this kind of loss.. My heart absolutely breaks for all of you. Sending thoughts prayers & hugs to all of you. Love Darin, Holly Hendrickson and Family
Raghen Lucy (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Oct 11, 2022
Tyler will be cherished and remembered by many. I looked up to him a lot as a kid growing up. I'm so deeply sorry for your family's loss and sending love.
Kayla J Boyce (Reynoldsburg, OH)
Oct 11, 2022
My heart breaks that I can't be with you on this terrible day. Know that I am with you in spirit (and virtually). I love you all so much.
Jeremiah and JoLynn Cole and family (Platte, SD)
Oct 11, 2022
So sorry for your loss. we were with you via livestream from the funeral home website.
Kim (Forness) Miller (Williams , ND)
Oct 11, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Judy Juma (Williston)
Oct 11, 2022
Bonnie and Tom,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son.
Hugs and prayers
Randy Brock (Williston , NORTH Dakota)
Oct 14, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss , My heart Felt wishes and prayers go out to the whole family may God bless you all!!!
Tammy and Matt McClintic (Merrill, MI)
Oct 14, 2022
I am so so sorry for your loss! You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Becky Akerson
Oct 22, 2022
Fretland family,

Tyler was an amazing friend and amazing young man. Thank you for raising and nurturing such a wonderful human. I am grateful to have been his friend and to have gotten to experience his love for life, traveling and his family and friends. I will always treasure Tyler and the time I spent with him.

I am sending you all gratitude, care, and so much sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss.
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