Fred A. Biesecker, 86, of Quincy formerly of Appleton, WI passed away at 7:05 a.m. Friday (February 12, 2010) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Biesecker was a long-time Appleton resident active in many youth and service activities.
He was born Oct. 3, 1923 in Monticello, IL to Otis and Golda (Root) Biesecker. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Marion and sister, Edna Carnine, nephew Dennis Cox.Surviving are nieces and nephews, Michael (Cathy) Cox of Mt. Zion, Norman Jewsbury and Leroy Keene of Decatur, Bobbie (Dan) Briscoe of Oakley, Joetta (Mike) Moretti, Merry (Alan) Dust, Maria (Chris) Bichsel all of Quincy, Edward (Kelly) Carnine of Adamstown, MD, Robert (Gena) Jewsbury III of Hillsboro, Karen and Sharon Biesecker of Peoria, IL; cousin, Lois Lilly Tatman of Monticello.
Biesecker left the plains of Southern Illinois to enter the Merchant Marine and went on to sail as a deckhand then second officer for Great Lakes Shipping from 1943 to 1952. He later settled in Manitowoc where he worked as a junior accountant. It was in that position that Biesecker realized the need for a college education. So, some 14 years after high school graduation, he
entered the University of Wisconsin; Manitowoc County, and two years later UW Madison where he earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1960.
Biesecker came to Appleton that same year. He held a succession of positions with Ronald Mattox and Associates as senior accountant, Waupaca Foundry as financial analyst and with Tusler Pontiac as office manager until that firm closed in 1988. It was then that Biesecker returned to his first love, the Great Lakes. He renewed his Able Body (AB) card for the Great Lakes and has sailed as an AB Wheelsman on the Medusa Challenger through his mid 70s.
In 1969 Biesecker was co-chair of the State Knights of Columbus convention in Appleton. He was active in Council 607 of the Knights where he was a 4th Degree member and past Grand Knight.
Little League was one of his favorite pastimes. He served as Appleton Little League vice president and president. He also received special manager recognition in 1968, 1969, 1970 and
As a member of the Appleton Noon Lions Club he received the "Three in 83" award and certificates of appreciation for service to the organization. Biesecker also was a member of the Billiard Congress of America and played competitive billiards.
Fred, as his many friends called him, always will be remembered for his willingness to help others; his enjoyment of a round of golf, an evening of cards, and his unexpected ship to shore telephone calls saying he'd be docking soon and "could we find time to get together."
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Ash Grove Cemetery, Windsor.