John William Erdman

Born: Sat., May 10, 1930
Died: Thu., Sep. 29, 2016


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Oct. 04, 2016
Location: Valley Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Tue., Oct. 04, 2016
Location: Valley Funeral Home

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John William Erdman, 86, of Appleton passed away on Thursday September 29, 2016 at The Bridges of Appleton. He was born in Deer Creek on May 10, 1930, son of the late Albert and Katherine (Mc Clone) Erdman. John married Carol Schmaling on May 28, 1960.


John graduated from Clintonville High School in 1948, where he also played football for the “Truckers”. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. John worked for Rock Road Construction for eight years, and for the City of Appleton Water department where he retired after 29 years. John was a life member of the American Legion Post #38, where he served on the funeral honors team and as a past Commander. John enjoyed gardening, he especially liked growing potatoes. After retiring, John enjoyed living at Bear Lake, Manawa and Pelican Lake. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and playing cribbage.


John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Carol; their four daughters: Wanda (JC) Cheney, Crandon, Deidre (Glen) Freimuth, Appleton, Valerie (Kirk) Schupbach, Pulaski, and Brenda (Jake) Wolter, Appleton; nine grandchildren: Michael (Sara) Freimuth, Samantha (Carlos) Avila, Joseph Freimuth, Katie Freimuth, William Schupbach, Holly Schupbach, Breanna Wolter, Janelle Wolter, and Brock Wolter; four great grandchildren: Preston Freimuth, Dallas Freimuth,  Leo Avila, and Ruby Avila. John is further survived by his good friend and fishing buddy, Tom Hildebrand.


Memorial service for John will be 11:00 AM on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, with Deacon Jeff Hofacker officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday beginning at 9:30 until the 11:00 AM service. Full military honors will follow. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton.


John’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at The Bridges of Appleton, for all of their care and compassion.


 Dad/Grandpa, “You will be missed by your family. Until we meet again, Cherrio!”

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Vicki L Sahr
   Posted Mon October 03, 2016
My sincere sympathy to the Erdman family. Hold the memories tight.