Fritz Kendall

April 7, 1939 ~ January 14, 2021 (age 81)


Frederick “Fritz” Kenneth Kendall, age 81 of Montello passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Montello Care Center.  Fritz was born in Ripon to Kenneth and Carmen (Gradwohl) Kendall on April 7, 1939.   He graduated from Montello High School in 1957 and completed the Agriculture Short Course at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Fritz married Eleanor “Ellie” Jaster on April 15, 1967 in Rockford and together they were blessed with five sons.

Fritz farmed for many years and also operated his family’s establishment “Kendall’s Tavern” in Montello.  He was athletically gifted, excelling on the softball diamond and he also enjoyed playing golf and was known for his pool shooting abilities.  Fritz spent many hours supporting his sons and grandchildren in their many athletic events and enjoyed cheering them on.  He will be remembered for his charismatic demeanor and his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone.

Fritz leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Eleanor and five sons:  Jeff (Brenda), Dean (Darcy), Colin, Aaron and Ryan (Hope) all of Montello as well as seven grandchildren:  Kenneth, Robert, Nellie, Deandra, Danna, Donovan and Daniel.  He is also survived by two great-granddaughters: Kinsley and Oaklynn, sister, Karlene Utke and many extended family members.

A visitation for Frederick “Fritz” Kendall will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the Crawford Funeral Home in Montello.  Proper social distancing and masks are required.  Private services led by Pastor Pete Zietlow will follow the visitation.  Inurnment will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the family for a memorial that will be established in Fritz’s name.

Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family. 

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January 22, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Crawford Funeral Home-Montello
453 E. Park Street
Montello, WI 53949

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