Fred A. Druse

HANCOCK – Fred A. Druse passed away peacefully June 24, 2013, at the Delaware House of PortagePointe in Hancock, where he was a resident for the past three and a half years.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 19, 1919, he married Marion A. Koster (deceased April 23, 2007) on October 29, 1949.

He received a degree in dentistry from Marquette University, after which he served as a captain in the Army Air Corps Hundredth Bombardment Group (H) during World War II.

Fred practiced dentistry in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Wisc., for over forty years. He also taught dentistry at Marquette University, and especially enjoyed working with students.

He was active in the community, donating his professional services to patients unable to pay, and participating in organizations committed to conversation and civil rights.

Fred grew up spending summers at the family cottage on Cedar Lake where he enjoyed swimming, canoeing, and later shared his enthusiasm for sailing, waterskiing, and love of the outdoors with family and friends. Throughout his life, Fred planted dozens of trees at Cedar Lake, many of which are still providing shade.

Fred enjoyed traveling, photography, and frequent concerts by the Milwaukee and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, Fine Arts Quartet, and chamber musicians.

He was vitally interested in the well-being and educational endeavors of his children, nieces, nephews, and granddaughters.

He is survived by his three daughters; Meg (Tim Harris), Laurie (Jeff Hackett), and Katie (Rick Donovan), granddaughters; Ann Hackett and Kathryn Harris; many nieces, nephews, former students, and friends.

Memorial services are to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with the arrangements. To leave online condolences, go to