Frederick Joseph Hartley, 87, of Waterford, passed away at Kathy Hospice in West Bend with loving family at his side on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Fred was born Feb. 19, 1935, in Flint, Michigan, to Fred and Florence (nee Pye) Hartley. He was a graduate of Kearsley High School in Flint. He enrolled in General Motors Institute after high school and began his 39-year career with General Motors, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Badger Model Boat Club of Kenosha and Goldwing Riders Chapter M and F. He was drafted into the army during the Korean War where he worked on special weapons programs with General Motors.

In his spare time, Fred enjoyed racing model boats, fishing, hunting and gardening. In his younger days, he played fast-pitched softball and hockey, was a member of the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company and of the Wind Lake Norway Drifters Snowmobile Club. Most of all, Fred enjoyed the company of his loving family and friends.

Fred is survived by children, Frederick “Rick” (Patricia) Hartley II and Darla (Mike) Burazin; grandchildren, Krystal, Kasandra (Ryan), Olivia, Nick (Stephanie) and Kayla; great-grandchildren, Malissa, Gavin, Landyn and Kadeyn; brother, William Hartley; his cats Katrina and Thumper; other relatives and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Darlene.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10 until 11:45 a.m. at Mealy Funeral Home. Service and Eulogy will begin at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to any humane society.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to Essie for her loving care and compassion for Fred and his family. Also, a thank you to the third-floor nurses at Froedtert Hospital in Menomonee Falls for their loving care of our father and grandfather, and to Kathy Hospice nurses and staff of West Bend for the comfort and care they offered during the past few weeks.

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