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Rudy P. Froeschle

December 03, 2012

Rudy Froeschle, 90, of North Fort Myers passed away December 3, 2012. He was born to German immigrants in Hazen, ND where he and his brother Helmuth were the first two Eagle Scouts in town. He attended NDSU in Fargo, ND joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as a B-17 pilot until his plane was shot down over Germany. He spent 601 days as a prisoner of war and was awarded a Purple Heart. He married Mildred Schow in 1945 and had four children, Laura Walth, Martha Boyd, Bertha Roberts and Philip Froeschle. After graduating from NDSU he received a degree in medicine from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1951 and practiced in WI returning to his hometown in 1955. In 1962 he became a resident in Anesthesia at UW-Madison then practiced in NY where he married Judy Wiggins. They moved to WI where they had two children, Heidi Saidi of Cape Coral, and Pete Froeschle. He has served as a member and officer in a variety of community, political, aviation, musical, medical and veteran's organizations including Commodore of the Cape Coral Sailing Club. He was a proud member of the Quiet Birdmen, a pilot organization and a huge fan of Taco Bell. He played trombone from age 16 until one month ago where he played with a local group at Lake Kennedy Senior Center. The same group has played together weekly for 22 years. He is survived by his loving wife Judy Wiggins Froeschle, his 6 children and their spouses, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He truly loved life and lived it to the fullest. His funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA. A celebration of his life will be held locally details of which will be announced in the coming months. Memorials can be made to Hope Hospice in his name at and condolences can be left online at

Published in The News-Press on Dec. 8, 2012
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