Joseph Paul Fandre, 83, Stevens Point, a former chief of police for the Stevens Point Police Department, died Monday, March 26, 2012.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Woodlands Church in Plover, with the Rev. Brian Berg officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.
Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Friday until the service.
Memorials may be given to Woodlands Church Mission’s Fund or Ministry Home Care Hospice.
Boston Funeral Home of Stevens Point assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Fandre was born Nov. 6, 1928, in Wausau, a son of the late Gustav and Mabel (Nacker) Fandre.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served as a staff sergeant in Korea during his four years in the military.
He was married to Jean Heise on Aug. 22, 1953, in Rib Falls.
He was a Greyhound Bus driver for three years and drove the Green Bay Packers, including Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr, to their games, as well as chartering the Milwaukee Braves to their away games.
He joined the Stevens Point Police Department in 1959 and served 31 years before retiring as the chief of police in 1990.
After retirement he served on the Police and Fire Commission.
He attended a weekly Fellowship Bible Study for 38 years and also regularly attended Woodlands and Berea Baptist churches.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Allen (Kathy), Stevens Point; one daughter, Patricia (Martin) Feldhake, Pickford, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, David, Walter (Dorothy) and John; and four sisters, Ruth (Walter) Buedding, Arlene (Ellsworth) Tietz, Mary (Mason) Dean and Esther (Warren) Essells.