December 18, 1920 - December 25, 2012
Fredrick Michael "Fred" Walgren of Hot Springs passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was 92 years old.
Fred was born December 18, 1920, in Hay Springs, Neb., to Fredrick Michael and Margaret (Linden) Walgren, Sr. where he was raised on a family farm/ranch.
Fred proudly served in the United States Navy from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1946, as a Radioman on the seaplane tender St. George in the South Pacific.
After his service in WWII, he married Rushville, Neb., native Pauline Eckerle in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the FBI in the Fingerprinting Dept. Fred then attended broadcasting school in Kansas City, Kan., leading to a 22-year career in radio broadcasting. He moved his family to Hot Springs in 1958, where he built and operated the radio station KOBH - Kall Of the Black Hills, until 1970. He then helped construct and install the cable television system throughout the Black Hills, operating and managing the Hot Springs/Edgemont/Custer divisions until his retirement in 1985.
Fred was a member of the VFW, Elks Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce & City Council. He and Pauline were avid golfers and bowlers and were members of multiple leagues in each sport. He was also an active member of the Catholic Church and a dedicated husband and father.
Fred is survived by his son, Sheldon 'Butch' (Cindy) Walgren of Burlington, Kan., two daughters; Debra Johnston of Hot Springs and Paula (Scott) Stackhouse of Cedar Falls, Iowa, his brother, LaVern (Mary) Walgren of Puyallup, Wash., six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Margaret, his wife, Pauline, one son, Craig, as well as his brother William and sister Margret Kirk.
Wake services will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2012, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2012, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Hoag officiating. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
Published in The Hot Spings Star on Dec. 29, 2012