Fred “Bud” Wilson, age 83, of Plymouth, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

He was born March 7, 1931 in Eagle River, son of the late Fred Sr. and Esther (Conquist) Wilson.

On Nov. 16, 1957, he married Eleanore Staege at Stephen Lutheran Church in Batavia.

Fred was a faithful member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Batavia, where he served on the Church Council.

In his free time he enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and spending time with his beloved family.

During his working career he worked as a merchant marine on the Great Lakes, worked for the Kohler Co. and retired from the Simplicity Co. in 1993. After retiring, Fred and his wife moved Up-north to Crooked Lake near Crivitz where they lived for 16 years prior to moving back to Plymouth.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Eleanore; three children: Susan (Steve) Backhaus of Kewaskum, Barbara (Keith) Klein of Adell and Richard (Gina) Wilson of Beechwood; six grandchildren: Doug (Kim) Klein of Adell, Danielle Klein of Adell, Jake (Sara) Wilson of Beechwood, Luke Wilson of Beechwood, Zack Wilson and friend Samii Williams of Beechwood, and Rachel Backhaus and friend Craig Garbisch of Kewaskum; a step grandchild, Tammy Backhaus and friend Gary Strom of Campbellsport; two great-granddaughters, Lily and Ellie Klein; one expected greatgrandchild on the way; a brother, Griff (Martha) Martin of Georgia; and a brotherin law, Rick (Lynn) Rath of Florida. He is further survived by many other neighbors, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Erna (Luedtke) Wilson; and a sister, Doris Rath.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Batavia with the Rev. Kurt Ziemann officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Fred “Bud” Wilson for the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice and the St. Stephen Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Hospice for all the wonderful care and concern shown to Fred and his family.

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