Frederick Henry Zieske, age 80, of Watertown, formerly of Delano, passed away Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, surrounded by family, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Oct. 21, 1936 , in Montevideo, to Howard and Rose (Wiewel) Zieske.
Fred was raised in Orr, MN, on the Ash River Trail. He graduated from Orr High School.
Fred was drafted into the Army after the Korean War, and was discharged in 1961.
He was united in marriage to Arlene Van Leeuwe Oct. 13, 1962, in Marshall.
Fred and Arlene made their home in the Delano area, where they raised their family.
Fred worked his lifetime in construction, a profession that he passed down to his son.
He liked to fish and hunt, and was an avid outdoorsman. One of the passions of his life was gardening, a love learned from his parents that he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
The Zieske family has been told, “that when you think of Fred, the one word that comes to mind in genuine.”
Fred was preceded in death by his son, Randy John Zieske; his parents, Howard and Rose Zieske; son-in-law Roger Ostendorf; and brother-in-law Don Davis.
He is survived by his wife of just short of 55 years, Arlene; children Rich (Patty) Zieske, Julie Hoffman Ostendorf (Delbert Hoffman), and Emily (Everett) Larson; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings Wilma Davis, Louie Zieske, and Irene Zieske.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. There was a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 8:30 a.m. at the church, followed by visitation from 9 a.m. to the time of Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.