Fredric Henry Schille


Fredric Henry Schille, 77, passed on to eternal life with his Savior on Jan. 22, 2010, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1933, in the town of Trenton and became a child of God through holy baptism shortly after his birth. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg, where he became a lifelong member.

After graduating from Cedarburg High School, Fred joined the U.S. Air Force and became a navigator on F-89 aircraft. While stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base in Marin County, Calif., he met the girl who became his wife, Margaret (nee Wilson). They were married on Dec. 26, 1957.

After his discharge from the Air Force, Fred attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a bachelor of science degree in soil science. He also continued to navigate aircraft as amember of the Wisconsin Air National Guard and later the 440th Air Refueling group. Fred was a fruit and vegetable farmer and produced untold gallons of apple cider until his retirement. He enjoyed travel, playing cards and his Lionel model trains, as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved to tell jokes and everyone knew him as a unique character. His passion was creation science.

Fred is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret; five children, Rebecca (richard) Weidensee, Linda (the Rev. Timothy) Biebert, Henry (Faith), Dr. Laura (Paul) Duncan and Donna (Marc) Frey; his 21 grandchildren, Jonathan, Angeline and Joanna Weidensee, Nathaniel, Zachary, Samuel, Joseph, Jacob, Christopher, Stephen and Grace Biebert, Fredric, George, Ethan and Krystal Schille, Abigail and William Duncan and Margaret, Emily, Rachel and Sarah Frey. He is also survived by one sister, Esther Wilkens; brothers-in-law, Bud (Judith) and Lee (Julie) Wilson; and sisters-in-law, Myrtle (Robert) Urban and Gail (Alex) Harrison; many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Fred in death were his parents, Henry and Hermine Schille; his sister, Ruth Stoker; his sister- and brother-in-law, Loraine and Oliver Wilkens; and his brother-in-law, Elmer Wilkens.

In accordance with Fredís wishes, his body was donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at 5 p.m. at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newburg. The Rev. Jon Baumann will officiate. Family visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials would be appreciated to the following: St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Newburg; Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School; Time of Grace Ministry; or Froedtert and the Medical College.

The family wishes to thank Dr. R. Eric Lilly, Dr. Randolph Lipchik and Dr. Linus Santo Tomas, and all the other doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who treated Fred with kindness and compassion during his month-long stay at Froedtert, especially during his last two weeks when he was a patient in the CVICU.