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“So very sorry to hear of Fred's death. I remember so well all those fun times together in Madison. God's blessings. ”
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Fredrick I. Marlatt, 88, of South Bend, IN passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, November 14, 2016 at home.
Fred was born on June 22, 1928 in Dearborn, MI to the late Norval and Irene (Onsgard) Marlatt. Fred grew up in rural Wisconsin on a farm in Arlington with his Aunt and Uncle, Jerry and Myrtle Falk who preceded him in death. Fred was also preceded in death by his only sister Nanette Marlatt.
Fred attended Poynette (WI) High School and graduated in the class of 1946. Fred boxed and was a state finalist in football.
Following high school Fred moved to Madison, WI where he met his wife Jess. They were married June 25, 1949 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. Fred was a member and usher at Bethel until 1998 when he retired and moved to South Bend.
Fred is survived by his wife Jess and their sons, Jeffrey (Ann) Marlatt of Seeley Lake, MT and Jon Marlatt of South Bend, IN. His daughters, Suzy (Derek) Dieter and Jeanne (Rod) Lindzy all of South Bend.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Luke (Fernanda) Marlatt of San Diego, CA. Jessica Dieter and Lindsay Dieter both of South Bend, Tanner Marlatt of Scottsdale, AZ, Nolan Dieter of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Gehrig Dieter of Tuscaloosa, AL, Thurman Dieter of Bowling Green, OH, Evan Lindzy and Ella Lindzy both of South Bend.
Fred also is survived by his two great- grandchildren, Byron Marlatt and Skye Marlatt both of San Diego, CA.
Fred was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Easter Seals of Wisconsin. Fred was former editor of the State of Wisconsin-Jaycees Magazine and was an active member of the Madison Jaycees for many years. Fred received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteerism from the Easter Seals. Fred was also a Red Cross Blood Donor and donated over 40 gallons of blood throughout his life.
Fred was a lifelong #1 fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers. Fred worked as a Captain of the ushers at Camp Randall Stadium for 40 years. One of Fred's favorite stories was of attending cocktail parties at Vince Lombardi's home in Green Bay where he met many former Packers including Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Paul Hornung, Herb Adderly, Willie Wood, Willie Davis and Henry Jordan. Fred lived next door to Badger coach Milt Bruhn and his wife Helen in Madison for 18 years.
Fred also loved golf and never missed the PGA tour. He watched week in and week out for many years enjoying all of the great golfers with his favorite being Wisconsin native Steve Stricker. He played until he was unable to and worked part time after retirement at Studebaker Golf Course where he really enjoyed sharing his love of golf with the local children.
Fred was also a big fan of all of his grandchildren's sports. He followed them all and attended as many games as he could. He was always seen in the stands at local basketball courts, Chet Waggoner Little League, Pop Warner and Washington High School football games and wrestling matches. As much as a Badger fan as he was he has also been seen cheering for another team this fall and was even overheard yelling "ROLL TIDE" a time or two! Just don't tell Bucky.
In lieu of flowers we ask that Memorial Contributions be made to Easter Seals.
A memorial service will be scheduled in the future

Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, IN is handling arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.