Arthur ‘Art’ Fregin

July 9, 1928 - April 18, 2022

Arthur “Art” John Fregin, 93, of La Crosse passed away Monday, April 18, 2022, at his home. He was born July 9, 1928 in La Crosse to John and Margaret (Blum) Fregin.

Arthur John Fregin 2Art graduated from La Crosse Central High School. Art served in the Army from Nov. of 1950 to Nov. of 1952. He was a sergeant stationed at Fort McCoy, WI, and in Garmisch, Germany. Besides other duties, he was a specialized Howitzer artillery instructor. While he was in the service he married Dawn Caspersen on Feb. 2, 1952. They raised two children in La Crosse.

Art worked as a machinist for Trane Company for 43 years, retiring in 1989 to care for his wife, Dawn, who died in 1997 from lupus. He married Marlene (Schwaegerl) Riepel on May 3, 2000. He and his spouses traveled extensively, with highlights being trips to Hawaii, the Dominican Republic and various U.S. cities. They also frequently traveled to grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.

Love for all family members was a major priority in Art’s life. He was an avid duck hunter, fisherman, swimmer and downhill and cross-country skier. He loved hiking and bike riding, and was often seen riding around town with his purple bike helmet. Sitting still was never on his agenda, as he was always active helping others or volunteering for community and church activities. He was privileged to go on a Freedom Honor Flight to Washington, DC. His wit and sense of humor will be remembered by all.

Art is survived by his wife, Marlene; his son, Tom (Jenny) Fregin; daughter, Judy (Mike) Meinertz; stepdaughter Juli (Bob) Jansen; stepson Joe (Gina) Riepel; grandchildren Greg (Becca) Meinertz, Nick (Gina) Meinertz, Andy Fregin, Matt (Bre) Fregin, Brittany Jansen, Alyssa and Ryan Riepel; great-grandchildren Brynley and Hudson Meinertz, Eli Meinertz and Baby Fregin due in July; his sister-in-law Colleen Smith, and his brothers-in-law Ralph Jonas and Eugene Preidel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dawn; his infant son, Robert, and his other in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Gundersen La Crosse Hospice or the American Legion.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2135 Weston St. Burial with military honors will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of services.

Dickinson Funeral Homes is assisting the family. Online condolences at