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Frederick Zitzer


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Frederick Zitzer Obituary
Zitzer, Frederick

Frederick Zitzer, 73, of Sheboygan walked into Eternal Life with his Savior peacefully in his sleep Sunday evening, June 1, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. Born February 8, 1941 in Sheboygan, Fred was a son of the late Gottfried and Margie (Zanskas) Zitzer. He attended area schools and graduated from North High School in 1959. He then continued his education at Iowa State University. He was the drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1963 during the Vietnam War. On April 11, 1964, he was united in marriage to Patricia C. Aschenbach.

Fred was a Civil engineer for Hinze & Associates from 1996 until his retirement in 2006. He previously worked for Donahue & Associates/Intelligraphics starting in 1966. Following his retirement, he delivered papers for the Sheboygan Press from 2006 until 2011. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ. He previously served on the school board for St. Paul's Lutheran School and was also a Cub Scout leader for his sons and many other young men in Troop 20 from St Pauls. Fred was a city of Sheboygan soap box derby champion in his youth. For many years Fred bowled in Sheboygan leagues and was the city bowling doubles champion in 1986. He loved genealogy and was the president of the American Historical Society Germans from Russia (AHSGR) from 1986 - 1995. He was responsible for drawing 4 local village maps of the Volga region of Russia and did genealogical research for six families in Sheboygan, including the Zitzer family. For a short time he also was an Enduro race car driver.

Fred and his sons built and loved his award winning 1935 Chevy Street Rod. It was his pride and joy and was shown at many car shows & festivals. He also collected everything, including coins, matchbox cars and matchbooks and a lot of "stuff". He was a published author of two books, "Jacob's House" in 2013 and "A Time for Reflection - 1st 100 Years" in 1992. Fred enjoyed being a daredevil by Polar Bearing. He was a member of the Sheboygan Polar Bear Club for 30 years, retiring in 2013. He would often recruit family & friends to join him and he was known for his many crazy costumes that routinely had him dressing like a woman, such as Annette Full-o-Jello, The Queen of Hearts, Dorothy, The Village People, Robin Hood Men in Tights, Ahab the Arab & Puppa.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Patricia; his loving children, Steven Zitzer, Houlton, WI, Robert (Jeri) Zitzer, Howards Grove, Michael (Monica) Zitzer, Sheboygan, Daniel (Shelly) Zitzer, Sheboygan, and Dianne (Eric) Trempe, Sheboygan Falls; The Grandchildren he adored, Charlie, Derrick, Adam, Amanda, Christine, Megan, Isabelle, Joel, Joshua, Alex, Ben, Nick and Tyler; and sweet great grandchildren, Joshua, Ciera and Tanner; his beloved sisters, Judie Zitzer, Fort Meyers, FL and Eileen (Garry) Drexler, Woodland, CA; his caring brothers-in-law Edgar (Ginny) Aschenbach, Eugene (Sharon) Aschenbach, Jim Aschenbach, and dear sister-in-law Laura (Galen) Hilbelink, along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his younger brother, David, his infant grandson, David, and two infant sons, Jacob and Gottfried.

Funeral services for Fred will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at St. John United Church of Christ, 13th & Lincoln Avenue. The Rev. Gregory Whelton will officiate. Family and friends are welcome at the church on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment with full military honors will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Lutheran Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in his name for Sharon Richardson Community Hospice.

The Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Fred's arrangements.

A special thanks to Drs. Stillwell & Matthews and their staff for all their special care and support through dads illness. Also many special thanks to all the Nurses and Staff at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice for their kind, supportive care given to dad and our family during his last months. We can never thank you enough. May God Bless You All.

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Published in Sheboygan Press on June 3, 2014
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