TRAVERSE CITY — Ferdinand C. Fromholz, 97, of Traverse City, passed away at home surrounded by his family on April 26. He was born on the family farm in Garfield Township on Nov. 1, 1916.
Ferd, as he was known by all his friends and family, attended Traverse City High School and graduated in 1936. He was an outstanding member of the football team and was co-captain of the basketball team. He also played baseball and loved to fish, spending many days walking the surrounding area in search of a new fishing spot.
In 1942 Ferd, along with his two oldest brothers, joined the military in service of their country; Ferd chose the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Luke Field in Phoenix, Ariz. He served as a Corporal in the Med Corps and was honorably discharged after the war in 1945.
Before joining the service Ferd married the lovely, auburn-haired, Ann Mar in 1941 after meeting on a dance floor in Flint. He stayed by her side until her death in 2006. They are survived by their three, children, Linda Atwell, Lorrie Goss (Ken Goss) and Carl Fromholz (Lisa Grise); along with five grandsons, Alex, Lewis, Trent, Nicholas and Jacob; one very spoiled granddaughter, Korie; and three great-grandchildren, Reese, Shea and Paxton. He is also survived by two brothers, Gerald “Bud” and Donald “Don”; a sister, Dorothy Leach; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Fromholz/McManus family.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Cliff and George; son-in-law, Randy; and grandson, Spencer.
Ferd moved to Flint after graduating from High School to work as a truck driver and construction worker. He soon landed a job at General Motors, where he remained until his retirement in 1975. As many GM workers before him, Ferd moved immediately back to Traverse City and enjoyed 39 years of retirement in the home he built on Bunker Hill overlooking the bay until moving in to spend his final years with Carl and Lisa.