Kenneth Paul “Frog” Fosbinder died peacefully on Friday June 28th, 2019 in Viroqua, Wisconsin, at the age of 95. Born November 24, 1923 in Mauston, Wisconsin to Charles and Mae Donlin Fosbinder, Ken was one of nine siblings, including a twin brother. As a toddler his mother died, forcing his father to place Ken and four other brothers in St. Michaels’s Home for Children in La Crosse. He left the orphanage to attend high school in Mauston, where he was known as an outstanding athlete. Those abilities carried into his lifelong love of sports in general and golfing in particular.
In 1941 he enrolled in the La Crosse State Teacher’s College in the Physical Education program. Those plans were interrupted by a call to service in WWII and on March 13, 1943 Ken joined the army as part of the Signal Corps. Ken married Mary Ellen Lobenstein on June 26, 1948 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mauston, and he was a loving husband for over 57 years. Ken lived and worked as a meat cutter in Mauston until he and Mary purchased the IGA Grocery store in Viroqua, which they ran together for many years. After selling the IGA, Ken worked at National Cash Register and Walmart in Viroqua. Ken was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Viroqua, and was an integral member of the choir. He loved music and singing.
Ken and Mary had no children but Ken was universally loved as that special “Uncle Paul” or “Uncle Frog” to all 54 of his nieces and nephews. “There was only one Uncle Frog.” Ken was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his brothers William, Hubert, Harold “Fuzzy,” John “Jack,” Robert, Charles “Kearney,” and twin Keith Peter (who stole his girlfriend when they were young adults); his sister Helen; and eight nieces and nephews. He leaves behind 46 nieces and nephews, numerous grandnieces and grandnephews, and many friends.
In spite of having a life that wasn’t always easy, Ken was known for his fun-loving disposition, upbeat attitude, and sunny personality, always ready with a joke or funny story to uplift spirits and get people laughing. Even in his final days, he was a joy to spend time with. Thank you to all the staff at Maplewood Terrace, Bethel Nursing Home, and Bethel Hospice Care for their loving attention and support, and in particular to Ken’s special guardian angel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, July 8th at 11 a.m. at the Annunciation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Viroqua with Father Charlie Richmond officiating. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Following Mass a luncheon will be served. Burial with military honors will take place in Our Savior's Cemetery in Westby. In lieu of flowers, offerings of Masses to St. Mary's Church or donations to Freedom Honor Flight- La Crosse are preferred. Condolences may be left online at www.thorsonfuneralhome.com
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