Clayton Friedl (Mr. Whitewater), 75, of Whitewater, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, from serious injuries sustained in a single-car motor vehicle accident. His passing occurred at UW-Hospital Neurosurgery ICU, surrounded by his family.

Clayton was the son of William and Margaret (McKenna) Friedl, and born on June 25, 1942, in Milwaukee, WI.

Growing up in Whitewater, all of his schooling was completed within the community, from early years at the university school (part of UW-W) and finishing at the three-level local high school. Clayton excelled in varsity football, becoming one of the captains his senior year. In 1958 while football captain, he was elected the homecoming king, and graduated high school in 1959.

During school and after graduation, Clayton worked with his parents expanding Friedl Fuel and Cartage. They offered products to greater Whitewater and surrounding communities, including commercial and residential services for over six decades.

When Clayton finally retired, he enjoyed lumber milling, going for coffee, dinners with family and friends and peaceful days at the family cottage.

Other notables: active on the Whitewater Fire Department for three decades and obtained his light aircraft pilot’s license.

Clayton is survived by his beloved dog, Bailey; his wife, Carol; children, Debbie (Marc) Roe of Whitewater, Scott (Amy Kirner) of Cross Plains and Tim Friedl of Whitewater. Clayton is further survived by his nephews Bill (Cindy Robers) Wendt of Whitewater and Douglas Wendt of Idaho; grandchildren Evan (Taylor Onsgard) Welter of Janesville and Rachel (Cody Osborne) Welter of Janesville along with Carol’s children: Bill, Dawn, Debbie, Denise, Diane, including spouses and grandchildren.

Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margret Friedl, his sister Maureen and (Douglas) Wendt.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and staff at UW Hospital Neurosurgery ICU, Med- Flight, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Atkinson Fire Department, Ryan Brothers Ambulance and the Whitewater EMS.

They also would like to thank friends and community members for all of their support.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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