Frederick E. Harple Jr., 91, residing in Sandusky, passed away early Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013, in the Commons of Providence, after a brief illness.
Fred was born in Sandusky on May 22, 1921, to Frederick E. and Lenora C. (Ferback) Harple Sr. He was a 1939 graduate of Sandusky High School, where he was a member of the A Cappella Choir. Fred later went on to become a member of the Firelands Chorus.
He proudly served his country as a member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, and received a Purple Heart after being wounded. In 1962, Fred resigned from the National Guard and reverted to the status of reserve officer. He retired from the Army in May of 1981 as a lieutenant colonel.
He spent 20 dedicated years as a warehouse foreman at Herman’s Furniture. Fred was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and a dedicated participant in the choir, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2529, and the American Legion Post 83, and was known as a “Jack of all Trades”. In his spare time he enjoyed photography, working on computers and grandfather clocks, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and their pets.
Fred is survived by Mildred, his wife of 69 years; three daughters, Patricia (Myron) Schmenk of Huron, Sandra (James) Conaway of Waunakee, Wis., Diane (Kevin) Wintersteller of Upper Sandusky; seven grandchildren, Leslie, Michael, Shannon, Jason, Ryan, Scott, and Joel; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Harple; and his sister, Jacqueline Nissen.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Groff Funeral Home and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery.
Those wishing to contribute to Fred’s memory may do so to Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870, the Commons of Providence, 5000 Providence Drive, Sandusky, OH, 44870, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be shared with the family at grofffuneralhomes.com.