Kenneth Freitag, 88, beloved Father, Spouse, and Son, passed away on July 15, 2023 after a lengthy battle with multiple health conditions. Kenneth was born July 19,1934 in Milwaukee, WI, to Arthur and Hattie Freitag. He married Jacqueline Garnier, of Oconto Falls, on July 1,1956.
He was a 1952 graduate of Pulaski High School and went on to UW Oshkosh for his bachelor's degree and soon after earned his master's degree in fine arts (MFA) from UW Superior while working as a teacher and summer park ranger. He was a teacher of art, science, and history but as an artist had a true passion for art and nature.
He became the head of the Elementary Art department for the Wausau School District where he was an art teacher and touched many lives with the beauty of art and its magic. He retired from the Wausau School District, after spending over 35 years teaching others his love of art. He was very gifted at using any medium for his lessons and was known throughout the art community in Wausau for the many art exhibits featuring his students artwork. Ken was also well known through the billiard community in Wausau and Marathon County. He enjoyed the win as much as the camaraderie and running the billiard tables of Marathon County. His daughter, called him the pool shark of Rib Mt. In his time he had mastered a plethora of pool tricks, hit the consecutive 100 ball marker and his friends nick named him "Wisconsin Fats." Ken loved spending time outdoors with his family fishing, boating, swimming, traveling and hunting. Ken cherished his wife of over 59 years, whom he often referred to as the love of his life. Ken and Jackie were big animal lovers and always had dogs as part of their family.
Ken's passion for enjoying life to its fullest, was contagious; he was easy to talk to, laugh with, and always knew how to have fun and had a good story to tell. His love, kindness, generosity, special sense of humor, vibrant laugh, feisty spirit, and ability for always being available as a father or friend will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Dad, we love you.
He is survived by his daughter Andrea Freitag, sons Brian (Linda) Freitag, and Terry Freitag, Preceded in death by his wife Jacqueline Freitag; father Arthur Herman Freitag; mother Hattie Freitag.
A Memorial Service for Kenneth Freitag will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at Helke Funeral Home. 302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI. Visitation will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM with a service to follow.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Marathon County Humane Society.