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Frederic Cleveland Stair

May 2, 2024 | 6 comments

Frederic Cleveland Stair, 85, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2024, surrounded by his family, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. He was born on March 11, 1939 to Frederic and Eunice Stair. He married the love of his life, Roxanne, on December 26, 1966, in Scottsdale, AZ, totaling 57 years of marriage. 

Fred loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors with his family. From 1957 to 1965, he served in the United States Army. As a teenager, he built and raced go-karts, which led to building and racing race cars throughout the Midwest during his early adulthood. After graduation from Stout University with his masters, he started his career in teaching automotive technology, driver’s education, and electronics. In 1997 he continued with his passion for teaching, establishing F.C. Stair School of Driving.

He is survived by his wife Roxanne; their children, Brent, Kimberly, and Ryan (Heidi); his grand-daughters, Whitley Chalsma, Ava Chalsma, and Danielle. He is also survived by his brothers, Charles (Pat) and Larry; sister-in-law, Rita Sletten, several nieces, nephews; and his beloved dog, Buffy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederic and Eunice Stair.

A special thank you to his granddaughter, Ava and his wife Roxanne for caring for Fred until his departure. An additional thank you to Tomah VA Hospital and Gundersen Health System for their care.

Visitation begins at 10am with a service to follow at 11am on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI 54650.

The service will be livestreamed via the Zoom App here.



  1. Karla Heyer

    My sympathy to Roxanne and family.

  2. Jenny Rourk

    So very sorry for your loss

  3. Sandy Demorest

    Our condolences for your loss of your beloved husband.
    Sandy and Dave

  4. Steve & Debra Lemke

    So very sorry to hear of Ryan’s father passing Thoughts and prayers to you Heidi, Ryan and Daniel

  5. Margaret (Margie) Lambert

    Roxanne, I hope in the days that follow as you gather with your family, your heart is filled with joy as you share the stories about Fred and the impact he had on each of your lives. My heart is with you and I send my most sincere condolences.

  6. Larry Stair Jr

    We remember listening to the uncles sitting around telling stories full of laughter. We remember some great fishing trips and family vacations. Thank you for the memories Uncle Fred!


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