Frederick Sachtleben, 1938-2021


Frederick “Fred” Sachtleben, 83, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at Franciscan Health, Michigan City, Ind.

He was born Jan. 6, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Walter L. and Eunice (Dean) Sachtleben.

Fred retired from Ford Motor Company as a process engineer, all the while building a life with God and a family he adored. He was a member of Liberty Bible Church, Chesterton, Ind., and had a strong connection to his church family. Fred loved cars and was a member of the Michiana Antique Car Club. He was strictly a yes-or-no man and generous to a fault. His ultimate joy laid in his love of God and his love for his wife and family.

On Aug. 29, 1959, in Chicago, he married Patricia A. (Felthouse) Sachtleben, who survives.

He is also survived by his three daughters, Donna Osier of Orland Park, Ill., Claudia (Doug) Winter of La Porte and Elaine (Allen) Furth of Annapolis, Md.; son, Fritz (Sharon) Sachtleben of Tinley Park, Ill.; brother, Richard (Marcille) Sachtleben of California; sister-in-law, Judy Sachtleben of Harbert, Mich.; sister, Doris (Gene) Kwazaborski of Burbank, Ill.; six grandchildren, Fritz (Molly), Chris (Sandra), Elyse (Josh), Roger (Michelle), Eric (Shannon), and Elaine (Ruben); two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frederick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother who was his identical twin, Robert Sachtleben; and sisters, June Kondrath and Ruth Rickard.

The family will receive friends Monday, Sept. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church, 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton, Ind. A life celebration will be held at the church at 2 p.m. Monday with Pastor Mike Akert officiating. Interment will follow at Angel Crest Cemetery, Valparaiso, Ind. Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, La Porte, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Fred requested that you subscribe to Tabletalk magazine at

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One Response to “Frederick Sachtleben, 1938-2021”

  1. Virginia Lancaster

    Sep 17. 2021

    There are no words to make you feel better at this unbelievably difficult time. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have known Fred since 2006 through the Car club. He was one of the foundation members and as secretary for so many years leaves very large shoes to fill. He will be missed greatly. What I do know is that he was devoted to his family and they to him. They were always a joy to be around. R.I.P. Fred and thank you for a job well done. Gina Lancaster, and Jeremy Capron. Say Hi to John for us.

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