Frederick “Fred” E. Staff


Frederick E. Staff, 81, of Eau Claire, formerly of Whitehall, completed his earthly journey, Tuesday, October 17, 2023, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Fred was born April 21, 1942, in Whitehall. One of nine children, he grew up on the family farm in Big Slough. He was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pigeon Falls.

Fred graduated from Taylor High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for two years. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Fred attended the patrol academy to become a trooper for the Wisconsin State Patrol, a career that spanned 30 years. At times during his life, he worked at Sampson Heating and Air Conditioning for his brother-in-law, Donald Sampson. Fred retired at the age of 55 to enjoy traveling, fishing, camping, hunting and spending time with his family. He treasured time spent with his grandson, Kyle, on their trips to Alaska. Fred was happiest when surrounded by family. He was generous with his time and took great pride in his ability to help others.

Fred was a devout Christian who was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall and later joined Trinity Lutheran in Eau Claire.

Fred is survived by his loving wife, Jan; his two daughters: Pamela (Jeff) Erickson and Michelle (Kevin) Smith; four grandchildren: Kyle Staff, Luke Erickson, Ava Erickson and Cooper Smith; his great-grandchildren: Ila and Jack Staff; his brothers: Terry (Barb), Phillip (Lillian), Creighton (Bonnie), Randy (Kathy) and Alton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and dear friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Jens and Ila; his first wife, Dorothy; his sister, Sharon Sampson; brothers: James and Johnny; and numerous other family members and friends who we know were there to welcome him at Heaven’s gate.

He will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving dad, beloved brother and reliable friend. Fred’s favorite role was that of proud grandpa and great-grandpa.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers through hospice and the VA for their compassionate care.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Peace Lutheran of Pigeon Falls in Pigeon Falls. Pastor Greg Ofsdahl will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Hutchins-Stendahl American Legion Post #191 will be at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Pigeon Falls.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be designated to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Interim Hospice or the charity of your choice.

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