Fredrick “Freddie” Alois Scheidel, 85, of Ossian, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Visitation was Friday, May 2, from 4-8 p.m., with a 4 p.m. rosary and a 7:30 p.m. scripture service at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian. There also was a one-hour visitation before mass at the church Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, with Msgr. Cletus Hawes as the celebrant. Burial followed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian helped the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with graufuneralhomes.com.
Fred was born March 31, 1929, to Fred J. and Jeanette (Luzum) Scheidel. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and graduated from Ossian Public High School in 1947. Fred was united in marriage to Betty Miller at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Sept. 30, 1950. To this union four children were born: Jackie, Nancy, Connie and Laurie. Freddie kept busy all his life driving routes for Oelwein City Laundry, farming on the family farm, selling real estate and auctioning land, household and antiques. He especially enjoyed auctioning for charity events. Freddie was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2013, National Realtor Association, National Auctioneer Association, Ossian Crown Club, Silver Springs Golf Course, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Rosary Society and Parish Council. He enjoyed playing baseball for 10 years as the catcher for the Ossian town team. He loved fishing, playing cards, camping, golfing, outdoor grilling, growing vegetables in his garden on the farm and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeye basketball and football teams. Most of all, Fred enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.   
Freddie is survived by his wife, Betty Scheidel of Ossian; four children: Jackie (Donald) Kuennen of Waukon, Nancy (Steve) Ritter of Cedar Rapids, Connie (Randy) Heying of Tabor, S.D., Laurie (Kirk) Draper of Atkins; five grandchildren: Shelly Kuennen and her husband, Kevin Bendjy, Carly Kuennen, Abigail Ritter, Chris Ritter, Alex Heying; one sister-in-law, Helen Scheidel; and several nieces and nephews. 
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred J. and Jeanette Scheidel; two brothers, Richard Scheidel and Harold (Pearl) Scheidel; and one sister, Gladys Scheidel.