Meschke, Frederick, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away early Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Covenant – Cooper, after a lengthy illness. Age 82 years. He was born April 6, 1929, in Saginaw. He attended Arthur Hill High School where he was in the Arthur Hill Hall of Fame for Cross Country. He served as a Paratrooper with the US Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He had been employed in industrial tools sales for several years, and was then employed in sales with Stevens Cycle Sales in Bay City for many years. He was an avid motorcyclist, and was Road Chairman for District 14 of the American Motorcycle Association. He also organized Poker Runs throughout Michigan for many years. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #439 and of the Shields V.F.W. Post. He married Frances Schemp on July 14, 1962; she survives him. He also leaves three daughters and one son, Pamela Bommarito, Arizona; William (Laura) Meschke, Leeanne Kasper, and Lori Haven, all of Saginaw; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Cory) Insley, Holly Meschke, Misty (Nick) Ontiveros, April (Tim) Smith, Thomas (Erica) Haven, Kari (Joe) Wardin, and Kara Hagerl; four great-grandchildren, Landon, Andrew, Emma and Savannah; one sister, Elayne (Walt) Leske; two sisters-in-law, Betty Meschke and Lois Schemp; several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his father, Frederick Meschke, his mother and step-father, Viola (Schomaker) and Lee Slodowski; two brothers, Harold and James Meschke; one sister, Geri Gavor. Funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2565 N. Miller Road. Rev. Edward A. Meyer will officiate with military burial under the auspices of American Legion Post #439 in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and then at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Mark’s Preschool or Becky’s Cart, c/o Luther Manor.