Hampton, NH — Fred J. Schaake Sr., 90, of Hampton, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 21, 2014, at home.
Fred was born in Lawrence, Mass., on February 1, 1924, and was a son of the late Ralph R. and Vernice (Bradstreet) Schaake.
He graduated from Lawrence High School and went on to Louisiana State University, before being deployed to Europe by the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. Fred was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and was a POW before being released in April of 1945.
He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then moved to the seacoast area where he summered as a child. After a short time as a seasonal business owner at Hampton Beach, he began a long and successful career as developer in Seabrook Beach and Hampton. Highlights of Fred's career include the development of Glen Hill, the purchase of the Hampton Beach Casino with a group of partners, and the building of the Hampton House Hotel. His love of his family and the community was evident in everything he did.
Fred is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elaine (Goodreau) Schaake, as well as their four children, Kara Schaake, Fred Schaake and his wife, Leah, Keri Hepburn and her husband, Tim, Kristin Schaake-MacKinnon and her husband, Scott, all of Hampton; his loving grandchildren, Sarah and Michael Trainor, Freddy, Jack, Lucas, and Joshua Schaake, and Nick and Lindsey Hepburn; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his brother, Ralph Schaake Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family will receive friends from 12 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, March 28, at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 29, at St. Theresa Church, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach. Burial will follow in High Street Cemetery, Hampton. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Fred's honor to Hampton Mounted Patrol, c/o Hampton Police Dept., 100 Brown Avenue, Hampton, NH 03842, a cause Fred supported for many years.
Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Fred’s memorial website, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.