Frederick F. Heidtke, 94

Frederick F. Fritz HeidtkeFrederick F. Heidtke, “Fritz,” of Jackson, passed away at Cedar Community on April 28, 2016, at the age of 94.

He was the beloved husband of the late Janet (nee Hill); loving father of Keith (Kandee) Heidtke, the Rev. Gail Heidtke, Susan Heidtke and Joel (Wendy) Heidtke; proud grandfather of Andrew (fiancée Elizabeth Hall) Heidtke, Beth (Jason) Boche and Maya Heidtke; dear brother of Robert (Iliene) Heidtke and the late Rev. David Heidtke; and brother-in-law of Mary Heidtke Wilson and Ethel (Earl) Walter. He is further survived by other relatives, church family, good neighbors and dear friends.

A funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. John’s Lutheran Church (2881 Division Road, Jackson). Interment will be at the church cemetery. In state is 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund or ELCA World Hunger are appreciated. For online condolences please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Frederick (“Fred” or “Fritz”) was born May 12, 1921, in the town of Jackson to the late Rudolf and Melita (nee Groth) Heidtke. He married Janet Hill on May 26, 1945, at Hephatha Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Fred was a faithful child of God and a lifelong and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, serving on many boards, as congregational president, and on church council and building-planning committees. He loved singing bass in the choir and playing dartball. Fred also participated in Brotherhood, both at St. John’s and in the conference. He was the head usher at church for many years and loved to greet everyone. Fred was active in Luther League in his own church, the Milwaukee Federation, the Wisconsin District and was the vice president of the National Luther League. Fred and Janet made many friendships in their Luther League days that have lasted a lifetime.

Fred worked as a farmer his whole life on the family farm in Jackson. He also worked at Boehlke Hardware, was the Jackson town clerk for 10 years and was a voting poll worker. Fred worked 64 years for Lemke Seed and sold insurance with Willard and Dan Geiger & Geiger Insurance for 32 years. Fred also volunteered with the local Lutheran Brotherhood branch in many ways and threw out the first pitch at Lutheran Night at a Milwaukee Brewers game in 1984.

Fred loved baseball and played ball with his brother, Bob, and many neighborhood friends and cousins. Janet and Fred loved sitting on the front porch enjoying God’s creation and the farm.

Janet and Fred enjoyed traveling to see Fred’s brothers and their wives in Arizona and Texas. They took four trips to Germany, enjoying their tour companions and the sights.

Fred loved people, loved making new friends and enjoyed visiting with the young and old alike. He had a firm handshake and warm smile. He will be missed.