Frederick H. Yahr
August 10, 1924 — March 17, 2019
Frederick H. Yahr, 94, of West Bend died on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at
the Cottages at Cedar Community, West Bend.
He was born on August 10, 1924 to the late Leonard and Ruth (nee Miller)
Yahr in West Bend. In his youthful days, he spent time with neighborhood
friends and siblings and at the family business across the street from
their home. In 1942, Fred graduated from West Bend High School and
enlisted in the Navy not long after. While in the Navy, he became a
radar instructor and served honorably at naval installations in Chicago
and San Francisco.
On March 7, 1953, he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Brueggemann
at Trinity Lutheran Church in South Mequon. The couple raised their five
children in the Town of West Bend on Highway Z. He was a devoted
husband, father and grandfather. He loved his home, his beautiful wooded
yard and neighborhood.
Fred loved to travel and explore. The young couple honeymooned in
Acapulco, Mexico — this led to a love of Mexico and they shared this
love with their children in 1964, bravely pulling a trailer across a
desert and through mountain ranges until they reached Guadalajara. We’ve
lost count of the number of flat tires on this trip, but the memories
are still vivid. Throughout their marriage, Fred and Mary Ann took many
trips with friends and family, venturing around the world.
After the war he rejoined West Bend Concrete Products, the business
started by his father, Leonard. He was dedicated to his work at Bend
Industries seeing the company expand, merge and develop state-of-the-art
concrete manufacturing practices. He served as president of the National
Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) in 1981 and was recently inducted
into the NCMA’s Hall of Fame. Fred continued to work into his 80s. He
was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church; from baptism to
confirmation and regular worship he steadily studied the Bible and
practiced his faith daily.
He was a longtime Rotarian, a Paul Harris fellow and one of the founders
of the “fish boil” festivities.
He was also very supportive of Bethesda Lutheran Home, where his
daughter Barbie lived for many years.
He had a quiet nature, kind smile and generous heart. His final years
were spent living at Cedar Community Assisted Living and The Cottages.
His family appreciates the loving care he received.
Those Frederick leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving
wife, Mary Ann Yahr; five children, Linda (Richard) Tunstall, Barbara
Yahr, Debra (Peter) Reak, Jim (Deb Buntrock) Yahr, Jane (Bill) Shepard;
seven grandchildren, Craig (Claire) Tunstall, Melissa Tunstall, Katie
(Dylan Reese) Tunstall, Preston Yahr, Luke Yahr, Erika Shepard, and Nick
Shepard; three great-grandchildren, Viggo Tunstall, Jurgen Tunstall, and
Zeke Reese; a sister, Carol Gerner; a brother, Tom (Lori) Yahr; a
sister-in-law, Audrey Yahr; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother
Allen Yahr and brother-in-law, John Gerner.
A funeral service in remembrance of Frederick will be held on Tuesday,
March 26, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 809 S.
6th Ave., West Bend.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the church from 2:30 p.m.
until the time of service.
Memorials to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, The Threshold or a charity
of your choice in Fred’s name are appreciated by the family.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted
with Frederick’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may
be found at