Fred Zimmel, 97 |
Jan. 22, 1919 — July 18, 2016
Fred Zimmel, of Pearson, died Monday, July 18, 2016, at his daughter’s home under the care of LeRoyer Hospice. He was 97.
Fred was born Jan. 22, 1919, in town of Addison, the son of the late Alfred and Ella (Christnacht) Zimmel. He married Lucille Hug on Aug. 9, 1945, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nenno. She preceded him in death Sept. 16, 2009.
He served in the United States Army from Oct. 15, 1940, to June 11, 1945, having served in the South Pacific. He was a member of the 32nd Division, 128th Infantry and was a drummer in the Army Band.
He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Allenton, St. Mary Catholic Church in Pickerel and the Fohl-Martin American Legion Post 483 in Allenton.
He operated the Family Bowling Alley in Allenton for many years. He worked for the West Bend Co. as a maintenance worker and electrician for 32 years, retiring in 1981. Along with his wife he was a custodian of Addison Town Hall. Fred and Lu lived in the Allenton area until moving to Pickerel in 2006.
After he retired he took pride in doing wiring for people who would ask for his help, and fixing televisions. He also enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include a daughter, Mary (Richard) Guenther of Pearson; son, Joel (Kathy) Zimmel of Van Dyne; four grandsons, Richard (Judy) Guenther Jr. of Brandon, Daniel (Denise) Guenther of Jarrettsville, Maryland, Donald (Sara) Guenther of Oconomowoc and Phillip (Trisha) Zimmel of Lomira; two granddaughters, Melissa (Rocky) Siemers of Elcho and Joeleen Zimmel of Van Dyne; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ester Zimmel, Amanda Robbins, Ruth Breunig and Lucille Goeden.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pickerel with the Rev. Dave Zimmerman officiating. A visitation will be held Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Burial will take place noon Tuesday in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Allenton with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to LeRoyer Hospice.
Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be found at www.bradleyfh.com.