Frederick William Froelich, 89, Leesburg, Florida passed away on October 30, 2021 at his residence in Leesburg, Florida. Fred was born on April 28, 1932 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
In 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served as a machinist mate during the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Quincy. He married Lonnie Ellis in 1954. They had five children. In 1967 the family moved to Leesburg, Florida. Fred helped set up and start the Stainless-Steel Pipe Mills in Wildwood, Florida and Sanford, Florida.
Fred founded his own company FLC Machines Inc. in 1971 in Leesburg. As a self-taught Mechanical Engineer Fred designed and built thousands of Roll Formers and other automated machines that are used today worldwide. FLC is now based in Tampa and run by his son Bill Froelich. In his early forties Fred became an instrument rated pilot and purchased a Cessna 182. He took great pleasure piloting his plane for business and family outings. Fred was a Mason and a member of the Rotary Club. He was an avid bowler in New Jersey and Florida. Fred also enjoyed boating and fishing with his family.
He is proceeded in death by his wife Lonnie.
He is survived by his five children: Colleen Oakley of Tampa, FL, Fred Froelich of Leesburg, FL, Lori Hammer of Leesburg, FL, William (Bill) Froelich and wife Kelly of Coffeyville, KS and Tracy Gantar and husband Jerry of Fallon, NV. Fred had 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
He will receive Honors with a Military Burial by the U.S. Navy at a later date.