Fred D. Goldapske
Fred D. “Hummer” Goldapske, 85, passed away and went to be
with his Heavenly Father on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Crossroads Care Center
in Fond du Lac. He was born in Fond du Lac on Saturday, October 6, 1934 to Paul
and Minnie (Heber) Goldapske, the youngest of thirteen children. Hummer served
in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. On Saturday, October 8,
1955, while stationed at Ft. Hood, Tex., he married the love of his life, Carol
Mohr. She preceded him in death on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
In his younger years, Hummer delivered Hamm’s beer and then
worked for the City of Fond du Lac. Eventually, he would become a firefighter
for the city’s fire department, an achievement he was very proud of. Hummer
retired in 1990.
Earlier in his life, Hummer boxed for Golden Gloves, was an
avid softball player and one heck of a pitcher for many years and was inducted
into the Softball Hall of Fame in 2010. He had many hobbies and interests
including hunting, fishing, sturgeon spearing, gardening, watching his favorite
driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and coaching the Packers, Brewers and Badgers from
the comfort of his own home. Hummer loved traveling to Arizona with Carol to
spend time with the Dick and Linda Toetz family as well as going up north to
the cabin; and neighboring casino. Spending time with his grandson, Jackson,
whether it be fishing, hunting or watching him in all of his sports was one of
Hummer’s favorite things to do in his later years. He was larger than life and
was the life of the party wherever he went. Let’s not forget spending Wednesday
afternoon with friends at the D&D. Hummer was blessed to have many, many
He belonged to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sturgeon for
Tomorrow, West Shore Fishing Club and was a proud member of the NRA. As a
veteran of the Korean War, Hummer was blessed to have participated in the Honor
Flight to Washington DC.
Survivors include his son Ron, (Vickie) Goldapske of Van
Dyne; his grandson, Jackson Goldapske; a brother, Henry Goldapske of North Fond
du Lac; special niece and nephew, Ricard and Linda Toetz of Sun City, Ariz. and
numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol;
five infant children; eight brothers and nine sisters-in-law, John (Lucille),
Robert (Emma), Charles (Joyce), Arthur (Virginia), Walter (Gloria), Leonard
(Marjorie), Elmer (Billie), Paul (Karen) and Pat Goldapske; and three sisters,
Minnie (Gerald) Altman, Anne (Mike) Nolan and Olga (Alfred) Toetz..
A special thank you to his neighbor and good friend Dawn
Merz for her loving care and friendship over the last few years.
Also, a special thank you to all his caretakers at Visiting
Angels, Adelaide, Crossroads and Generations Hospice who lovingly cared for him
in the last years of his life. You all are truly special. God Bless all of you.
Visitation for Hummer will be held from 2:30pm – 5:00pm on
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave. in Fond
du Lac. A memorial service will begin at 5:00pm with Pastor James Borgwardt
officiating. Military Funeral Honors will follow the service. Cremation has
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