Frederick George Kawell

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



  1. Jean I cannot imagine how proud your Dad must be when looks down and smiles at what a fun loving, caring & genuine daughter he has. Your face lit up whenever you talked about him and the love you have for him poured out of every word you used to describe him. I pray for peace in your heart over these next few days and weeks. I will keep you, my sweet friend, and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I love you!

  2. So sorry to hear of the your loss. I enjoyed visiting the Mr. and Ber with Joan. What great fun people. The Mr. will be greatly MISSED!!! My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Love Patty

  3. Kawell Family,
    We are sorry for your loss and our prayers and hearts are with you all. Fred was a wonderful man his good nature was contagious, you could not be around him with out feeling good. He was not only fun but witty as well but most of all his compassion goes with out saying. He will be miss by everyone who knew him.
    With all our love, Judy & Jer
    “When someone you love is in HEAVEN, the heaven is in your HOME” ~unknown

  4. Berniece & family,
    So sorry to hear about Fritzie. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are in Montana at this time, so won’t be able to be at the wake or funeral. You have our heartfelt condolances. May God draw you all close to Him at this time.
    George and Janice

  5. Kawell family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your family member. He was a wonderful man and will be missed greatly. It’s great that Zachary has had 14 wonderful years with his GREAT GRANDPA!!!
    R.I.P Grandpa Fred.
    -Jason, Jodie, Noah and Zachary

  6. Dearest Berniece:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Kathy Schellfeffer

  7. Judy and Fred, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father. My deepest sympathy to the Kawell family in your time of sorrow. Jim Moore

  8. We are so sorry for your loss and are sending love, prayers and healing thoughts your way. We’ll sure miss seeing Fred out in the yard every other day or so mowing the lawn…..also on those walks with you. Spunky always wanted to run right up to him so maybe he did that when he got to heaven too since he’d only been there for a few days himself so he was still probably hanging around the gate.
    We’ll be right next door if you need anything, Bernice and we’ll be checking in on you.
    The Doughtys

  9. Dear Mrs. Kawell and Family:
    I’d like to express my sincere sympathy over the loss of your husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Beth (Burlingame) Crowder

  10. Dear Fred and Jean and Families,
    My sincere sympathy to you both and your families. Our parents are such a treasure. I pray wonderful memories will always bring smiles to your faces as you remember your Dad.
    Lisa Le May (Kohlhepp)

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