Frederick K. Schultheiss, 75

Frederick Karl Schultheiss entered the Kingdom of Heaven on the morning of Dec. 30 in the year of our Lord 2008.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Christa Margit (Jung); his sons, Dean (Bill Diamond), Curt and Derrek (Gloria), and his daughters Kerstin (Dan) Lefevre and Tina (fiancˇ, Spencer Myers). He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joshua Lefevre. He is survived by one sister, Jane Furlong, as well as a brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

Fred entered this world on June 4, 1933, in Lake Geneva. He was the son of Friedrich "Fritz" and Gertrude (Maas) Schultheiss.

Fred grew up in Fond du Lac and attended Goodrich High School for one year and graduated from the American Community High School in Paris, France. He graduated from Ripon College in 1955 with an A.B. degree in French and German.

Upon graduating from college in 1955, he entered the Army Reserves as a second lieutenant. He served six months on active duty at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and then as a platoon executive and civil information officer for the 432nd Civil Affairs Co., before receiving his honorable discharge on April, 15, 1964.

Fred began his teaching career in the mid-1950s teaching German and French in Durand, Ill. and later at schools in De Pere, Fond du Lac and Viroqua. He dedicated the majority of his teaching career at Hartford Union High School, where he taught French, German and English, until his retirement on June 4, 1993.

Fred was a devoted family man who loved to spend time with his children. Every summer he would take his family on camping trips throughout the northern United States and Canada. When his children got older, he took them to Europe to teach them about their heritage.

It was important for him to play an active role in his children’s lives. He conveyed his appreciation for culture, civic involvement, languages, music and the outdoors, among other things, to his family and those surrounding him. Everything he did revolved around his love for his wife and children.

He was active in the community and his church. He dedicated much of his time to helping others. He would often deliver communion to local shut-ins, and give German services to the residents of the local nursing home.

He sang in the church choir and also sang and performed in musicals with the Hartford Community Chorus.

Fred was a jack-of-all-trades, a true do-it-yourselfer who enjoyed a challenge. He spent many hours on home renovation and repair projects. He had a gift for being able to figure out how to build or repair just about anything, with a particular talent for electrical work and cabinetry.

He was as comfortable fashioning something in his workshop as he was instructing in the classroom.

Fred enjoyed a very active retirement. He went on many trips and cruises with his wife, and often included his children on the vacations. He was an avid golfer and managed to get out two to three times a week with other retired teachers with whom he was friends.

He enjoyed gathering with friends over a game of cards, a cup of coffee with fellow retired teachers and going caroling each Christmas.

If the measure of man is how well he lived his life, then Fred was a giant.

Fred had a profound impact on everyone he met. He was a charmer with the older ladies, and a mentor to the youth.

He will be missed but not forgotten. His legacy lives on through his children and has made this world a better place.

Family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hartford.

Memorial service will follow at the church at 1 p.m.

Memorials to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Hartford Com-munity Chorus would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home, Hartford, is serving the family. www.berndt-ledesma.com.