Lester B Freund

June 19, 1935 - Sept. 28, 2023 - Chilton, WI

Funeral Service

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023

12:30 pm

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

54 E. Main St.

Chilton, WI 53014

Funeral Visitation

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023

10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

54 E. Main St.

Chilton, WI 53014

Burial Service

Friday, Oct. 6, 2023

Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery

Jericho, WI

Lester B Freund

Chilton WI

Lester B. Freund, age 88, of Brothertown, died on September 28, 2023, at Homestead Health Services in New Holstein. He was born June 19, 1935, son of the late Edward and Jennie (Goeser) Freund. On May 9, 1964, he married Shirley Broeckel. They had 59 happy years together and they had three children. 

Lester started driving truck when he was 14, before he even had a license, and didn’t stop until he was 75. He was a hard worker, working with his dad until he started Les Freund Trucking, then he drove for Schaetzel Trucking, drove and was a salesman at DJ's Used Trucks, and in retirement he drove part time for J&E Construction and G&H Trucking and Excavating. He could turn any conversation into a talk about trucking and talk about it for hours. 

Lester met Shirley at a wedding dance in Potter, not knowing she was only 16. When he found out, being 10 years her senior, he left her alone but Shirley chased him for a couple years. She says he finally gave up and let her catch him. They were the love of each others’ life, and he enjoyed his family more than anything else. 

Lester was a member at Holy Trinity in Jericho and then Good Shepherd Catholic Church, the Brothertown Fishing Club, the American Historical Trucking Society, and RS Vintage Steel. He liked going to car shows and was proud of his ’65 Mercury that he bought brand new. He enjoyed feeding the birds and birdwatching, feeding the cats around his home, sturgeon spearing, and gardening.

Lester is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; his children: Connie (Tom) Krebsbach, Larry Freund (special friend, Deb Beyer), and Chuck Freund; two grandchildren: Stacy Krebsbach (fiancé, Adam Ecker), and Kelly Krebsbach (special friend, Casey Josephs); and nieces,  nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Jennie; sisters: Marian Freund and Valeria (Bernard) Kurscheidt; Shirley’s parents: Viola and Henry Broeckel; and Shirley’s siblings: Elmer (Ruth) Broeckel, Doris (Claude) Knaus, and LeRoy (Dorothy) Broeckel; special niece: Kathy Broeckel-Drews; and other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday, October 6, 2023, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton. Friends may call from 10:00 am until 12:15 pm at the church on the day of service. A committal service will take place on Friday, October 6, at the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Jericho.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Calumet County Hospice, Homestead Health Services, visitors who came to see Lester, and nurse and family friend, Linda Karls.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in the name of Lester Freund.

A link to watch a recording of the service, see a slideshow in honor of Lester, or to view flowers given to the family will be available in the near future.


May he rest in peace and fly high with those beautiful wings he was a great family friend of the Ron and sand goesers family we hung out at gatherings and even on spare time not a day went by that he would not honk the truck horn when he seen us outside God bless his soul and condolences goes to the family.

michelle swette (Friend) 2023-10-06 10:50:40

We were so sorry to hear of Lester's passing. Our sincere condolences to you all Kathy Kuhn Jerome VanDeraa

Kathy Kuhn (Acquaintance/ friend) 2023-10-02 17:05:23

Dear Shirley and family Have my sincere sympathy for the loss of Les I didn't know him but he sounds like a nice guy and will be greatly missed

Beverly J Daun (Classmate from Chilton highschool ) 2023-10-02 07:06:45

Shirley. My deepest sympathy for you and your families.

Joann Muellenbach (Friend and past co-worker. ) 2023-10-01 10:53:26

Shirley and family sorry to hear about Lester’s passing

Doug Woelfel (Friend) 2023-09-30 23:23:21

Shirley and family so sorry to hear of your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers

Ralph and Judi Brill (old friends) 2023-09-30 20:13:37

Hello Shirley, you have my sympathy! I’m hoping you remember me!

Sandy Schumacher (Friend-Bugtussel ????) 2023-09-30 19:53:26

Shirley, so sorry to hear about Lester. My condolences to you and your Family.

Johanna Bonlander (Old friend and classmate) 2023-09-30 11:36:52

Shirley, you have my deepest sympathy, to you and your family.

Ken Kuchenbecker (Old Friend From The Nightmare On Walnut Street) 2023-09-30 09:11:01

Shirley, Connie, Larry and Chuck Sharon and I are sad to hear of Lester’s passing. A lot of good memories from the times we spent with Lester and your family from making wood over 40 years ago, to spearing on Winnebago and the holidays that we spent with your family and the Knaus’s. You’re gonna have plenty of tears for awhile and eventually you will be telling a story or two of Lester and even laughing at times. May God bless Lester and the ones he left behind

Bob Broeckel (Nephew) 2023-09-29 22:51:44

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