Frederick Mischke Sept. 21, 1930 - May 1, 2014 ELKHART - Frederick C. Mischke, 83, of Elkhart died Thursday, May 1, 2014 following a brief illness at the Elkhart Hospice House. Fred was born September 21, 1930 to Fred and Clara (Ruhno) Mischke in Benton Harbor, MI. He married Kathleen Schultz on November 19, 1955. She preceded him in death in August 1980. Fred and Kathleen had 3 children, Stephanie of Fort Worth Texas, Eric (wife, Angie and 2 children, Emily and Brady) of Cedar Park, Texas, and a beloved son, Michael who passed away in 1996. On December 23, 1983, Fred married Lori Leonard. She survives along with their little dog, Charlie. During the Korean War Conflict, Fred served 4 years in the United States Air Force. Upon his discharge he went on to college through the help of the GI Bill. Fred was always proud of his military service and remained in contact with those he served with throughout his life. In 1958 Fred received his BA from Western Michigan University and became a Certified Public Accountant starting as a staff accountant in Chicago for Lybrand, Ross Brothers, and Montgomery. In 1963 Fred became the Audit Manager for Lybrand and relocated his family to Niles, Michigan. In 1965 he began his employment with the Skyline Corporation where he retired as their Vice President -Treasurer in 1991. Throughout his life Fred was active in many service clubs and organizations. He was best known for his service as a board member and president for The United Way of Elkhart County, Junior Achievement of Elkhart County, The Better Business Bureau, Michiana Chapter of Financial Executives (FEI), Elcona Country Club, and the Rotary Club of Elkhart. In retirement Fred continued to volunteer and served as a counselor for the Service Corps of Retired Executives (Score) for many years. Fred throughly enjoyed his retirement playing golf with his friends, going to Notre Dame football games, and traveling all over the country with his wife, Lori and their little dogs. Fred loved life, but he especially enjoyed time with his family and visiting with close friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, he will be greatly missed. The family is planning a Celebration of Life service with the date to be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church-"For His Glory Building Fund" to support the building of the new church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 6, 2014