Frederick A. “Fritz” Temme


Frederick A. “Fritz” Temme, 93, of Wayne, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023 at his home at Kinship Pointe in Wayne.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial with military rites will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to the Temme family for later designation

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

 Frederick “Fritz” August Charles Temme was born March 29, 1930 to Henry and Anna (Vahlkamp) Temme in Wayne. He was baptized at Theophilus Lutheran Church, Winside and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. Fritz was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran and served his congregation in many different leadership roles.  Fritz attended school through the eighth grade, later receiving his GED while serving in the military and was awarded an honorary diploma from Wayne High School in 2002.

Fritz married Joann Wert on Aug. 26, 1951 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wayne. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 and was a member of American Legion Post #43. Fritz and Joann farmed and operated a dairy north of Wayne following his service in the army. He continued to be actively involved in day-to-day work at the farm for many years after moving to Wayne in 1986.

Fritz served as a district officer, director and corporate board member for the Associated Milk Producers Cooperative, board member and chair of the Nebraska Dairy Council, and vice chair of the Nebraska Dairy Industry Development board. Locally he served on the Wayne County Extension Board, Wayne County Farm Bureau Board, County Soil and Water Board and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District Board.

Survivors include his wife, Joann; children, Karen Temme of Wahoo, Doug (Mary) Temme of Wayne and Judy (Rich) Poehlman of Wayne; grandchildren, Ann (Conner) Rocole, John (Molly) Temme, Lisa Temme, Todd (Kim) Poehlman, Matt (Jaimy) Poehlman and Tyler Poehlman; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther Ekberg Brader of Norfolk, Caroline Caauwe of Lincoln, Gladys Juhlin of Norfolk and Wilma Bartels of Wakefield; brother, Roland (Hiroko) Temme of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter-in-law, Courtney Poehlman; brothers, Victor and Richard Temme; sisters, Marcella Temme, Dorothea Grosse, Alma Temme; brothers-in-law, Willard Bartels, Harvey Brader, Don Caauwe, Harold Ekberg, Harvey Grosse, Russ Juhlin and sister-in-law Judy Owens Temme.