Joseph “Poppy” Frederick, age 89, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at his home. He was born April 21, 1926 in Merrill to the late Louis and Mary Frederick. On July 3, 1976 he and Viola Gartman were united in marriage at St. Stephen’s UCC in Merrill. She preceded him in death March 24, 2010.
Poppy served in the United States Army. He had worked at SEMCO for over 40 years until his retirement. Poppy enjoyed spending time woodworking in his shop. He also enjoyed feeding the birds around his home. Poppy loved spending time with his grandchildren, in fact, it was his grandchildren who started calling him “Poppy”, the name stuck and everyone grew to know him by his new nickname. He was a member of the local VFW Post 1638 in Merrill.
Survivors include his three daughters: Penny (Clay) Ossig, Marie (special friend, John Maki) Frick, and Barbara “Suzie” Frederick; five grandchildren: Amber Ossig, Brooke (Jesse) Hanke, Crystle (Cody McDowell) Ossig, Nicole (Marcus Paul) and Joe Osborne; three great-grandchildren: Rosabella Ossig, Rayleigh Hanke and Molly Hanke; brother: Bob (Carol) Frederick; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Viola, sister, Marie Frederick, and three brothers, Elmer Frederick, Bud “Louis” Frederick and Willy Frederick.
A time of visitation for Poppy will be from 4-7 PM Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Waid Funeral Home. Military Honors will be performed by VFW Post 1638. Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.