Fred Fromme, 88, a lifelong resident of Washington, Ind., died peacefully Friday, July 12, 2013, at his residence.
He was born to Fred A. and Sarah (Waller) Fromme Sept. 11, 1924. His parents and his brother, Joe Fromme, preceded him in death. He was married to his wife, Mary Lou (Boger) Fromme, for 63 years until her death in October 2011. A son, Larry Fromme, also preceded him in death in December 2012.
The 1942 Washington High School graduate was a U.S. Army veteran. In his early career, he worked at the news desk of the Washington Herald and then at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He was the owner/broker of Fred Fromme Insurance and Real Estate Agency for many years. During that time, he was elected vice president of the Indiana Realtors Association. He also owned Fred Fromme Tax Service for over 50 years. He was a devoted member of the Catholic community of Washington, served three terms as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and was the recipient of the Laetare Award in 1986.
He is survived by five sons: Fred (Janel), Dan and John, Indianapolis, David, Atlanta, and Richard (Nancy Prickel), Batesville; six grandchildren: Eric Fromme, Jasper, Sarah (David) LaBonte, Venice Beach, Fla.; Stefanie (Justin) Bauserman, Indianapolis, Josh, Matt and T.J. Fromme, St. Cloud, Fla. He also leaves two great-grandchildren and special niece and nephews Jane, John and Joe Fromme, Colorado.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with Father Gordon Man as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery with military rites by the Washington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m.Tuesday, July 16, with a wake service at 4 p.m. at Ed Lee Mortuary, Washington.
Memorial donations may be given to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 315 N.E. Third St., Washington, IN 47501; Helping Hearts Hospice, P.O. Box 760, Washington, IN; or American Heart Association Memorial and Tributes Programs, P.O. Box 88-541, Chicago, IL 60680-1541. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.edleemortuary.com.