Frederick Kenneth Lohse

Frederick Kenneth Lohse, 86, of Cameron, Wis., and formerly of Wonder Lake, Ill., passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Rice Lake, Wis. He was born on Jan. 22, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to his father, Frederick “Fred” Charles Lohse, and his mother, Marie Helen (Postelnick) Lohse.

Frederick grew up in Chicago. He loved playing sports with friends, cheering on the Bears, playing cards, fishing and animals, and had a knack for history. Fred adored his baby sister, Carol “Cookie,” and his younger brothers, James “Jim” and Ronald “Ron.” After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in California. He met his beautiful, true love, Patricia, at a USO dance near Travis Air Force Base. They married on Dec. 19, 1953, in Reno, Nev., and had a traditional family wedding at San Leandro Catholic Church in California on Jan. 30, 1954. After Fred’s enlistment ended, they relocated to Illinois and raised their seven beautiful and loving children. He worked many hours as a security guard and a milk delivery man, and then began 35 years in various police agencies throughout the Chicago area. He was a detective for Fox Valley, Ill.; a police officer in Cary, Ill.; a sergeant of Algonquin Police Department in Algonquin, Ill.; and chief of police in Wonder Lake. He retired in 1995 and Fred and Pat moved to Cameron, which is close to their favorite, generational, family vacation area of Chetek, Wis. Fred was very observant, had good instincts, and loved history, family card games and old movies. He had a contagious laugh, a sense of humor, a big personality and was truly one of a kind. He also was an exceptional and very realistic Santa every Christmas Eve, without fail. 

Frederick is survived by his sister, Carol Stromberg; brothers James (Teresa) Lohse and Ronald (Cheryl) Lohse; sister-in-law Sandy Hovey; children Christine Byard, Robert (Robin), David (Jo Ann), James (Linda), John, William (Susan) and Therese Gough; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and best friends and cousins Wally and Diane Postelnick. There were many more cousins, nieces and nephews in his large family.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; mother Marie Lohse; father Fred Lohse; son Freddy Lohse; grandson Michael Lohse; granddaughter Heather Lohse; great-grandson Zachary Lohse; mother-in-law Elicia Zapata; stepfather-in-law Frank Zapata; father-in-law Clayton Smith; and stepmother-in-law Maddie Smith.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chetek. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, and a private burial will be held at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis.

Flowers may be sent to St. Boniface Catholic Church, 419 Third St., Chetek, WI 54728, or a donation may be made to LMC Home Health & Hospice 1700 W. Stout St., Rice Lake, WI 54868 or to The Center, 711 First St., Chetek, WI 54728. The Center can be reached at 715-924-3121. Please call 715- 236-6256 with any further questions about donations.

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