Fred E. Engel, 75, Athens passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 27, 2022, at his home while under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
He was born December 6, 1946, in Elgin, IL son of the late Clarence and Velda (Pease) Engel. On November 4, 1967, he married Cheryl Stadler in Hampshire, IL. She survives.
For many years Fred was a dairy farmer in Hampshire, IL and in Athens. He then went on to work for Greenheck Fan for 27 years until his retirement. Some of his favorite pastimes included spending time at the family cabin, bow and rifle hunting, fishing, ATVing, UTVing and spending time with his grandkids.
Survivors include his loving wife, Cheryl Engel, Athens, his children: Teresa (Steve) Belter, Brian (Sue) Engel, Dawn (Ryan) Dunkel, and Dan (Tracy) Engel; grandchildren: Heather (Dane) Wisniewski, Jared (Stephanie) Belter, Amanda (John) Hart, Dylan (Amalia) Willemssen, Tyler Engel, Austin Engel, Dakota Willemssen, and Logan Engel, four step grandchildren Matt and Joe LaViolette and Rachel and Ryan Dunkel; great grandchildren: Natasha, Kolton, Makenzie, Hayden, Sawyer and 2 great grandchildren arriving this fall; 3 brothers: Dennis (Beth), Jerry (Lin), Charles (Susan); Sister-in-laws: Debra Saxton, Marilyn Meyn, Denise (Charles) Sekorski and brother-in-law Jeff Winter and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers William and Stephen; sister-in-law Patricia Winter and nephew Gregg Sekorski.
The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for the care given by the Hope Hospice staff and a special thank you to Dr. Tubbs, Dr. Mosley and Dr Seubert.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Milan. The Rev. Alan Wierzba will preside. Burial will be in the Milan Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. There will be a parish rosary service at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday evening at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution will be given to Central Wisconsin Conservation Club Edgar for the disable hunts and Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Medford. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com