Frederick H. Born, a generous husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. He was born in Oshkosh, WI, on July 21, 1946, a son of the late John and Bernice (Nolte) Born.
Fred grew up in Oshkosh where he attended Smith School, South Park School, and then graduated from Oshkosh West High School. Upon his graduation, Fred joined the Army National Guard. He was united in marriage to Karen Luebke on October 23, 1965, and together they had 2 sons. They shared 28 years of marriage together before her passing. On April 28, 2001, Fred married Marcia Hebbe-Fuller and welcomed her 2 children into his family. They moved to Black Creek, WI, and resided there until 2020.
Fred retired from Rockwell International/Meritor in 2001, where he had worked his way up to superintendent. He was an avid golfer and hunter. He loved to camp. His sons have fond memories of going to their campsite growing up. Fred was an accomplished woodworker who enjoyed his own “Dog House” after retirement where he made gifts for friends and family that will be passed down through the generations. Fred also enjoyed watching the Badgers and the Packers. You could often hear him coaching them from his chair.
One of Fred’s greatest accomplishments in life, and one he was most proud of, was his family. Fred came from a blended family, and he went on to raise his own. He created his own family through marriage and through birth. Once you were a part of his family you were truly blessed because there was no love like what he had.
Fred is survived by his wife, Marcia Born of Appleton; 4 children, Michael (Wendy) Born of Appleton, Greg (Timothy Hennes) Born of Appleton, Jenna (Joshua) Hiland of Oshkosh, John (Brittney) Fuller of De Pere; his grandchildren, the “apples of his eye,” Kylie, Breanne, Alyssa, Alayna, Elora, Henrik, Roman, and Levi, with one more apple due in April; father-in-law, James Hebbe of Princeton; sisters-in-law, Monica (Duane ) Schober, Mary Luebke, Fran Born; brothers-in-law, James A. (Valerie) Hebbe, Richard (Vivian) Hebbe, David Rozek; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen Born; 2 brothers, Les Hammond, Robert Born; 2 sisters, Emma Dillman and Gloria Rozek; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnie and Arlene Luebke; mother-in-law, Berlyce Hebbe; brother-in-law, James Luebke Sr.
Fred was an avid storyteller. Every time you saw him you could be guaranteed a recap of a documentary he had just seen, a newspaper article he had read, or the newest accomplishments from his children or grandchildren. Like all of Fred’s best stories, this one will end with a “and yada, yada, yada.”
A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends to gather. Please visit our website www.wachholzandsons.com to send a condolence or to share a memory of Fred with his family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association in Fred's name: www2.heart.org/goto/Fred_Born_Tribute
Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home
Sunset Cremation Center in Princeton
Serving the Family, 920-295-6631
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frederick H. Born, please visit our floral store.