Fred Kawell Jr., 83, passed away after a brief illness Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire. Angels took him to his final home in heaven surrounded by his wife, children and many grandchildren. He was a loving, caring husband and father and the best grandpa and great grandpa.
Fred was born March 14, 1932, to Marie and Fred Kawell Sr.
Fred and Berniece met when they were teenagers, and were married November 21, 1951. They were a fun-loving couple for over 63 years! They were blessed with four children: Judy (Tom), Fred (Joan), Jean (Tim), and Bob (Brenda); 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Barb (Gary) Hanson.
Fred was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force before working for Williams Bros. Pipeline for 40 years.
He enjoyed golfing with his buddies, fishing and hunting with his family and would never miss an opportunity to watch his grandchildren at football, baseball, golf, band and soccer. He also coached his sons’ baseball teams. His family was his greatest joy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th at Smith Funeral Chapel, 2222 London Rd., Eau Claire. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 29th, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave., Eau Claire, with visitation an hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice. Family and friends may leave condolences online at www.smithfuneralec.com.