Frederick J. Zebroski

Frederick John Zebroski, age 54, of Lander, WY, formerly of Philip, died December 13, 2007, in Lander.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 18, at the Lander Community Center.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 20, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford and Pastor Scott MacNaughton officiating.

Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Frederick John Zebroski was born July 8, 1953, the son of Raymond and Frances (Weischedel) Zebroski, in Pierre.

The family worked a ranch north of Cottonwood until moving to Philip when Fred was in the sixth grade. He attended Philip High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. He met his future wife, Ruth Nelson, during these years and after graduation in 1971 they were married in Philip on August 25, 1971.

Fred and Ruth moved to Brookings to attend college at South Dakota State University where Fred studied forestry for three years. They moved to Minneapolis, MN, where Ruth finished her nursing while Fred worked in sales. In 1975, they returned to Philip where Fred worked for West Central Industrial and Farmers Union Oil.

Fred and Ruth had three children: Ryan, born in 1972, Jeremy, born in 1977 and Jessica in 1981. The family moved to Lander, WY, in 1977. Fred worked in the mining industry for four years before starting a construction business, Zebroski Construction. He took great pride in his carpentry and used the business to teach his children the importance of a honest day's work. All three children spent their summers working with their dad, mostly doing concrete and roofing jobs.

Fred had an entrepreneurial spirit and ran several other successful business ventures in Lander. In 1987 and 1988, Fred and Ruth outfitted in the Wind Rivers as Middle Fork Packing. In 1996, they opened Popo Agie Women's Clinic together. Fred was the business manager for the clinic and enjoyed running both the medical and construction businesses, allowing him to spend time with Ruth and the children.

Prior to his death, Fred and his son-in-law, Ryan, were starting up a furniture company called Wyoming Aspen Products.

Fred's commitment to the community of Lander was evident through his volunteerism to the Lander Rural Fire department for 10 years, refereeing and coaching youth soccer for over 20 years, and his support of youth and high school athletics. Fred loved hunting and fishing in the Wind Rivers, and boating in Alaska.

Frederick is survived by his wife, Ruth Zebroski and three children, Ryan and his wife, Giselle Zebroski of Bangkok, Thailand, Jeremy and his wife, Jessica Zebroski of Milwaukee, WI, and Jessica and her husband, Ryan Blake of Ft. Collins, CO; two grandchildren, Landis Zebroski of Milwaukee, WI, and Mattheus Zebroski of Bangkok, Thailand; two brothers, Larry and his wife, Dixie Zebroski of Gettysburg, SD, and Charlie and his wife, Sharyn, Zebroski of Rapid City; four sisters, LaVon and her husband, Tony Nemec of Gillette, WY, Peggy and her husband, Byron Parsons of Milesville, Cindy and her husband, Kevin Pfeifle of Philip and Christi and her husband, John Weber of Rapid City; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his wife's family.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Frances Zebroski, and a nephew, Jake Pfeifle.

Local arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com