Verona- Fred W. Pulver passed away at Agrace Hospice on October 31, 2012, from complications of ALS, surrounded by his loving family. Fred was born in Elgin, IL on September 23, 1931. He later relocated with his father to his grandparents homestead in the Town of Montrose, where he attended the Lyle School. In 1938 his family moved to and farmed the Story Homestead in the Town of Oregon where he attended the Storytown School and Oregon High School in Oregon, WI. He later met the former Lorlene Kahl of Verona at various local dances. There they were drawn together by the love of dancing the Polka! Little did he know, she lived on a farm which was on his milk route. They were married January 26, 1951 and were later blessed with six children. Fred served in the army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. Upon his return home he passed his opportunity to return to Harlan Spraque Dawley and instead was offered an opportunity to begin carpentry, building homes across Dane County. Fred’s character of good nature and compassion carried into his work ethic as he always enjoyed a challenge. There was never a task too difficult or too simple for him, whether it was his work or a friendly competition at the bowling alley. His natural ability as a superior problem solver and task achiever far exceeded the simple term carpenter; he truly was a talented craftsman. Fred was quick to share his talents that one would need in building with his sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, and the many men he sponsored in the trade. He loved sharing his knowledge with future generations and they enjoyed receiving it. Fred enjoyed being around people in everything he did. He was very proud of serving in the military. He was a proud member of American Legion Post #385, Past Commanders Club and the Forty & 8 Society. Freddie was always willing to support the traditions of the American Legion, whether it be parades, or Ceremonial Services for comrades. He was honored to be asked to volunteer with the expansion of Camp American Legion, helping with numerous projects especially the building of the “Waterfall” that utilized many of his skills. He loved to bowl, golf, fish & hunt. It wasn’t about the competition, it was about people and the fun of the sport. Fred loved watching football and basketball with the guys,and just hanging out around the dining room table. He loved to go for breakfast. He most of all enjoyed spending time with h
He was preceded in death by his father Ferdinand, mother Elnora (Schultz), a sister Margaret (Krinkey), son Rick, daughter Lisa, daughter-in-law Diane (Haag) and step-grandson Bob Beres. Fred is survived by his wife Lorlene; children, Mike, Monica (Dale) Pechan, Marty (Tammy) Pulver, Renata (Kevin) Henry, son-in-law Dennis Beres; grandchildren, Brenda, David, Shandra, Wesley, Casey, Jennifer, Adam, Alison (Mike), Dawn, Amara (Dan), Alicia, Andrew,Tim, Mary, and Audrey; five great-grandchildren, Jarod, Kendra, Cyrus, Lucy and Kaden; two sisters, Barbara Middleton of TN., and Shirley Wiederkehr of IL.; and a special aunt Anna Marie Schmid of Verona.
Memorials made to the family will be shared with ALS Association, HospiceCare Inc., American Legion Post #385, and St. James Lutheran Church. Special thank you to the VA hospital and Agrace Hospice for the care given to Freddie.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, 427 South Main Street, in Verona at 11:00a.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME FROM 3:00-8:00p.m. and again on Monday from 10:00a.m. until the time of service.
You have brought so much joy, laughter and knowledge into our lives, it’s unthinkable that you’re gone, but please know that we carry your values in our pockets always, along with our rulers and levels. You are such an incredible, wonderful man, with that beautiful, friendly smile. Thanks for all the love and inspiration, we have been so blessed to have you as a role model, For you, we are forever grateful.