It’s with a saddened heart that we share that Fred Neubauer passed away suddenly on May 13th, 2023. Fred grew up in Milwaukee and was a graduate of Shorewood High School before attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. Guided by his trusted mentor, Milwaukee Biscuit’s, Jerry Dorf, Fred started a successful career in the specialty grocery distribution industry culminating with the creation of FDM Business Development. FDM came after many years at Milwaukee Biscuit Company and KeHE Foods.
An avid sports fan, Fred loved the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers, and did find time to adopt the Chicago White Sox and Blackhawks, from his years living in Wilmette, Illinois. FDM gave Fred an opportunity to start his own company and work with young manufacturers and guide them to next level success. Fred was proud of the culture he fostered and the many lives he impacted through his leadership.
He had an infectious smile and a twinkle in his eyes. A very generous man in both time and treasure, he was guided by a daily practice of spirituality, arising early each morning to sit on his deck reading the bible and praying. He loved spending time in Palm Springs and Southern California with his family. Fred cherished participating with his two oldest children in the Ragbrai 500 mile bike race in Iowa and taking his wife Tamara and all four of his children to sporting events and concerts. Fred and Tamara were committed to making a difference through donations to many charities and by establishing a scholarship fund for education.
We will miss his love, humor including Seinfeld quotes, and deep commitment to excellence in all things. Fred was taken too soon from us. May his memory be a blessing.