Eugene “Gene” Schroeder Fick, 89, a longtime Stevens Point resident and businessman, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Mease Countryside Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.
A celebration of life will take place later this spring.
Moss-Feaster will handle cremation.
Mr. Fick was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Tomah, a son of the late to George and Josephine Fick. His father was killed by lightening while trout fishing when he was 6-years-old, and the family then moved to La Crosse, where he attended German Lutheran School and then graduated from Logan High School. His physical size and strength helped him become a star football and basketball player ,which earned him a scholarship to the University of Minnesota.
However, in World War II he was called to serve with the Company C Signal Corps fighting in France, Germany and Japan.
After being honorably discharged, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he excelled in football and basketball under the coaching of Hale Quandt.
He was married to Mary Noble Aug. 20, 1949 at the Methodist Church.
While in college, he met Harrison Noble and was offered the position of managing the Noble Hatchery business.
When his son, George “Georgie,” was born in 1956 and was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and given one year to live, the family focus changed.
Mr. Fick was instrumental in creating the Sheltered Workshop where he served as President. He and his wife Mary helped to develop a local pre-school for handicapped children. He was also active as the president of the Portage County Handicapped Children’s Association, and he was also active as one of the founders of the Evening Lions Club. He served as president and a member of the Stevens Point South Side Business Association.
He had a deep interest in conservation and for 20 years he and his wife volunteered as campground hosts for the National Forest in the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyo., where they also owned a home that provided a summer and fall locale for hunting and fishing.
His health declined since 2007, and they purchased a “snowbird haunt” in Oldsmar, Fla., where they spent winters.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Terrie Groshek and Mary J. Monteith; one son, George; and two grandchildren, Allison Schaefer and Steven Groshek.