FAIRMONT – Memorial services for Fred Wollschlager, 90, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Inurnment with full military honors will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
Fred passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2013, at Ingleside Residence in Fairmont. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is handling the arrangements for the family.
Fred Wollschlager was born March 22, 1923, in Torrance, Calif., the son of Paul and Hulda (Diedrichsen) Wollschlager. He lived with his family in the Creighton, Neb., area before moving to Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1940. After graduation, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy and trained at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. He was serving on the USS Northampton in Admiral Halsey’s task force outside Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. After getting fresh supplies at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8, 1941, the USS Northampton participated in every major naval battle in the South Pacific including Wake, Midway, Guam and Doolittle’s raid before the ship was sunk off Guadalcanal on Nov. 30, 1942. Fred was reassigned to the USS Boston and later to the USS Steinaker. On Feb. 20, 1943, Fred was united in marriage to Theo Pettinger of Blue Earth, Minn., in Quincy, Mass. After his honorable discharge in March of 1946 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Fred and Theo moved back to the Fairmont area. Fred was the head of maintenance at the Interstate Power Company’s Fox Lake plant until he went into the chinchilla business, in which he was well-known as one of the top producers in the U.S. He later owned and operated a pullet-raising and egg-producing operation. Fred was honored to serve on the Fairmont Public Utilities Commission and the board of Interlaken Golf Club, where he was a member for almost 50 years. He was a lifetime member of the Martin Co. VFW Post 1222. Fred was chairman of the Martin County DFL. He enjoyed coaching Fairmont Junior League baseball for several years. He truly loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.
Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Theo Wollschlager of Fairmont; three children, daughter, Cheryl Beckendorf and her husband, Carl, of Fairmont; two sons, Gary Wollschlager and his wife, Annie, of Fairmont, and Mark Wollschlager of Maple Grove; 10 grandchildren, Andi Beckendorf, Aaron (Amy) Beckendorf, Carrie Beckendorf, Jackie (Joey) Grell, Heather Rondorf, Heidi Wollschlager, Mike Wollschlager, Mary (Sean) Nolan, Laura Wollschlager and David Wollschlager; five great-grandchildren, Zach, Sam, Mia, Isaiah and Sidney; sister, LaVerna Knuth of Cavalier, N.D., and her daughter, Lynn Holte (Jeff) of Grand Forks, N.D.; sister-in-law, Cleo Bernards of Valencia, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials are preferred to the United Hands Hospice Program, Ingleside Residence, or the Martin County VFW Post 1222.