Patrick V. Frohrib, 66, of Oshkosh passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, June 1, 2014. "Inky" was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on March 17, 1948 to Florence (Friday) and Vernon "Tweet" Frohrib. St. Patrick's Day has not been the same since! On February 24, 1978, he married Patricia (Patti) Grill in Oshkosh. They made their home for many years a stone's throw from Tweet and Florence on the family acreage in the Town of Black Wolf with a well-worn path for children, Kate and Mike, to grandma and grandpa's house for many happy hours of family work, play, and precious togetherness.
Patrick graduated in the Class of 1966 from Oshkosh High School playing football on the state championship team and on the track team for shot-put and discus. He graduated in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration playing football and serving as the President of the Sailing Club. He was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Parish, the Otter Street Fishing Club, the Elks Club
, and for years in bowling leagues at Recreation and T & O Lanes. The Packers, Badgers, and Brewers had a lifetime fan in Pat who recently witnessed the Brewers win at Miller Park with his good buddies Jim, Tiny, and Bob.
Growing up on the East Side of Oshkosh, Inky enjoyed all the pleasures of our waterways including sailing, fishing, ice boating, and ice fishing. At Tweet's side, his competitive nature was stoked while racing E-boats in high school and college. As members of the Oshkosh Yacht Club, they took home their share of trophies on Cup Nights. Pat was an avid hunter of deer, duck, and pheasant spending many fruitful seasons at the deer hunting land in Waushara County, in a duck blind or on the pheasant farm with his band of brothers: Mike Schrage, Jim Onken, Terry Timm, Dave and Ron Tellock plus many others.
Fishing was his absolute passion, particularly tournament walleye fishing. From the South Dakota Governor's Cup to Minnesota to the Illinois River to Michigan and Wisconsin tournaments, Pat and his partner, Jim Onken, spent some serious time dedicated to "practice" fishing and competing with the best in the sport. For over twenty years, their favorite by far was the Otter Street Fishing Tournament where they landed a 2nd Place in 1985 and in 1990. With a "new" knee and reenergized this Spring season, Mike Schrage and Pat took to the waters with gusto. Pat would come home grinning from ear to ear when more walleyes were caught on his Rapalas (sorry Mike!).
His competitive spirit served him well throughout his career. From 1971 to 1978, Pat owned and operated the End Zone Bar in Oshkosh and sponsored some notable men's softball teams who played locally and in tournaments around the state as well as the notorious cast of characters on the "B Team" and flag football. Last week, Pat caught up with many of the gang at Gunner's Annual Game Feed which he enjoyed immensely. Pat was one of the first to sponsor a women's softball team in Oshkosh which turned out to be a great business strategy - good times were had by all!
Pat found his niche in the beverage industry and went on to work 30 years for Badger Liquor Company as a sales representative in the Oshkosh/Omro area retiring in 2011. He was very proud of his company with the awesome leadership of Tom Griffin, Steve Griffin and Tom Martzke and his wonderful sales colleagues in the Fond du Lac division and around Wisconsin. Pat built strong relations with his loyal customers who became lifelong friends and was recognized multiple times as "Salesman of the Year". One of his favorite roles was training new salesmen so he was really enjoying the heck out of his son, Mike, recently following in his Badger Liquor sales footsteps.
As active parents throughout their school years, Pat and Patti spent many happy times cheering on the sidelines for Kate and Mike in all of their music, theatric, and athletic endeavors at Lourdes High School and beyond. Pat's coaching instincts were naturally piqued for baseball, softball, shot-put, and football, but he was even there as the reluctant "horse dad" putting a strong shoulder into a stubborn Blue stuck in a trailer for Kate's 4H Horse Show - Blue won! - stayed in that trailer until good and ready. Pat was a very loving, proud dad who took great pleasure in their educational achievements and now blossoming careers. The Frohrib parents had some fantastic company on those LHS bleachers with folks who made a pact to keep gathering after graduation. We have enjoyed valued years of friendship with Jill and Clark Caflisch, Denise and Gary Griedl, Sherry and Dale Hotovec, Pam and John Netzer, Ann and Dave Patek, Mary and Joe Zmolek, and many other friends.
Pat and his loving wife, Patti, had 36 fun-filled years with wonderful family and great friends. Pat was a devoted husband and a particularly supportive partner in encouraging Patti's academic and professional dreams. He was always in my corner doing what needed to be done and making sure all the "plates kept spinning" with kids, parents, and household. We were a great team through thick and thin.
Missing Patrick, always and forever, along with Dr. Patricia (Oshkosh), Kathryn Lynn (Oklahoma City), and Michael Patrick (Oshkosh), are: mother-in-law Eileen Grill, sister-in-law Marybeth Jackson, nephew Edward Jackson, Uncle George (Aunt Carol) Frohrib, Aunt Sharon Hebert, "Aunt" Bonnie Lee (Fritz) Kratz, uncle Peter Kirsch, and Aunt Barbara Grill ( all of Oshkosh); sister-in-law Doris Knight, niece Marie (Sean) Cunningham, nephew Peter Chris (Kathy) Knight (all of Las Vegas, NV); nephew James Knight and niece Jennifer (Ray) Smukowski (all of Milwaukee). Aunt Vonnie Frohrib (Valejo, CA) and uncle James Kirsch (Minneapolis). Many cousins in Oshkosh, California, Minnesota, Colorado and across the US.
Preceding Pat in death were his loving and caring parents, grandparents. his father-in-law, Raymond Grill, his uncles Norman "Jupe" (Erna), Melvin "Beacon", and Jerome "Metzer" (Maxine) Frohrib, his aunts Dorothy Friday and Phyllis Anderson, uncles Raymond and Lester Friday, and cousins Ricky and Roxanne Anderson. Aunts Dolores (Leo) Steckbauer, Joselia (Lawrence) Muehrer, Elizabeth (Dr. Charles) Officer, Phyllis Kirsch, Helen Grill, Adeline (Clarence) Gintner and uncles Richard (Audrey) Kirsch, Ralph (Ruth) Kirsch, Wallace Kirsch, Louis Grill, Howard Grill, and Eugene (Marion) Grill.
Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6 at Konrad Behlman Funeral Home - Westside chapel, 100 Lake Pointe Drive, Oshkosh with Father Bill Vande Kreeke presiding. Visitation for family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m until the time of the service. A memorial will be established.
The family would like to extend sincere appreciation for the many calls, visits, care packages, and love extended by friends, neighbors, and family during this difficult time.