Frederick Carl "Fritz" Kaul

Frederick Carl "Fritz" Kaul of Grafton went peacefully to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at the age of 83.

Fritz was born June 7, 1925, to Arnold and Gertrude Kaul in the town of Grafton. Fritz attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Grafton High School in 1943. Fritz served in the United States Army in 1945 and 1946, and was stationed in Panama. He was a member of the Grafton Rose-Harms American Legion until the time of his death.

Fritz married Arline Grisar at St. Paul Lutheran, Grafton, while on furlough with the temperature of minus 20 on Feb. 2, 1946.

In 1949, they moved to Arlineís parentsí farm in the town of Grafton and farmed together raising purebred Guernsey dairy cows. Fritz took agriculture classes through the University of Wisconsin-Extension and was one of the first farmers in Ozaukee County to practice contour strip farming to prevent erosion. Together they built up one of the best Guernsey herds in the state of Wisconsin until Minnesota Gov. Al Quie bought the herd in 1978. Fritz continued raising Hereford cattle and cash crops on the farm with his son until he physically couldnít do it. He was involved in the Clover-leaf 4-H Club, Ozaukee County Guernsey Breeders, and Ozaukee County Farm Bureau.

Fritz was a firm believer in public service. He was elected to the Grafton Town Board in 1957, then elected chairman from 1967 to 1988. Fritz was awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award of Grafton in 1988. Fritz was also elected to the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors and held that position from 1981 to 2008. While on the board he chaired the Highway and Public Works committees, as well as serving on seven other Ozaukee County committees.

Fritz also saw the importance of recreation and in the early years, took the family on annual summer vacations to northern Wisconsin. Through the years, he enjoyed playing cards with special friends, deer hunting at Delta, Wis., and spending time fishing, snowmobiling and socializing with friends at their cottage on Boulder Lake near Mountain. He and Arline especially enjoyed a trip to Europe traveling with friends as "groupies" for the Alte Kameraden Band. He was one of the founders of Indian Hills Snowmobile Club and chairman of the Boulder Lake Homeowners Association.

Fritz was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. He served the Lord as an elder and school board member. He especially enjoyed singing with and the camaraderie among his friends on the menís choir.

Fritz was the beloved husband of 63 years to Arline (nee Grisar); father of Donna (Jeff) Gruetzmacher of Grafton, Diane (David) Pfaffenroth of Grafton, Lynette (Kim) Hennings of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Timothy (Susan) Kaul of Grafton; grandfather of Kate, Kurt and Kent Gruetzmacher, Jake, Lucas, Molly and Lauren Pfaffenroth, Lindsey, Krista and Adam Hennings, and Sean Kaul. Fritz was the great-grandfather of Paige, Tess, Liam and William; brother of Ilma Kraatz, Elizabeth Errard, Eleanore Maul, Robert Kaul, Arnold (Darlene) Kaul and Marlene Kraemer; and brother-in-law of Armin Grisar and Don Kalishek. He is further survived and missed dearly by many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Fritz was preceded in death by a sister, Annette Wirth Kalishek.

A funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at 5 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials will be greatly appreciated to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mueller Funeral Home is serving the family. For online condolences please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Special thanks to the caregivers and staff at Cedar Springs Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Fritz Kaulís legacy is not only evident in all his accomplishments while on earth, but how he led others to be the best they could be. His style of leadership through honesty, humbleness, fairness and love served him well and prove to be a shining example to his family, friends, co-workers and community. He will be greatly missed. Heaven is now his home.