Frederick Bernard “Fred” Priemer, Jr. gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. April 2, 1936 in Illinois
D. November 24, 2020
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Additional Information:

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Schaumburg Township, Cook County, IL living on Roselle Route 1, the household members were:

“Fred Primer (sic Priemer), head, age 54, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Germany, lived in Dundee, Kane County, IL in 1935, occupation: bar tender – tavern; Dorothy Primer, wife, age 43, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Germany, living in Dundee, Kane County, IL in 1935; Freddie Primer, son, age 4, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Glenview Village, Northfield Township, Cook County, IL living on 1852 Prairie, the household members were:

“Fred Priemer, head, age 65, married, born in Germany, Naturalized?: Yes, Occupation: Bartender – Tavern, Was he living in this same house a year ago?: Yes, What country were his father and mother born in?: Germany, What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: S10, Did he finish this grade?: Yes, Last year in how many weeks did this person do any work at all?: 48, Last year (1949) how much money did he earn working as an employee for wages or salary?: $4,000, Did he ever serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during – WWII?: No, WWI?: No, Any other time including present service?: No; Dorothy Priemer, wife, age 53, married, born in Germany, Naturalized: Yes; Fred Priemer, son, age 14, never married, born in Illinois”

According to the News Sun (Waukegan IL) May 3, 2008, page 58:

“Custodian’s “Mr. Panther” title is richly deserved 
   One of the inaugural inductees in the Round Lake High School Hall of Fame is 40-year custodian Fred Priemer, who is informally known as “Mr. Panther” for his years of enthusiastic backing of the school’s athletic teams.
   “Fred (a Round Lake High graduate) went to work at the school the day after he graduated,” said Howard Conkling, chairman of the Hall of Fame committee.
   “He’s one of those ‘up’ people you like to meet every day. Through the years he’d lead the cheers for the crowds at football and basketball games and at our pep assemblies.”
   In that same vein, Priemer will lead all those in attendance at Saturday’s banquet in the Round Lake High School fight song.”

According to the Justen Funeral Home website (

   “Fred Bernard Priemer, Jr., age 84, passed away on November 24, 2020, surrounded by loving friends. He was born on April 2, 1936 to Fred B. Priemer, Sr., and Dorothy (Greese) Priemer.
   He is formerly of Glenview and moved to Round lake in 1949, after he moved to Round Lake he started working for the Round Lake High School system as an stationary engineer which he retired in 1992 after 35 years of service. Fred was inducted into the Round Lake High School Hall of fame (Mr. Panther). The Round Lake High School Yearbook was dedicated to him in 1971 and 1974 and there was a scholarship was created in Fred’s name as well. Fred was a caregiver to many friends and neighbors and was a generous, kind, loving, and caring man. He was an avid Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.
   Fred is survived by many friends, who loved and adored him and will greatly miss him.
   Fred is preceded in death by his parents: Fred and Dorothy Priemer.
   Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 2 at Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home at 222 N Rosedale Ct, Round Lake, IL from 11-1:00 PM. Funeral service will be at 1:00 PM and burial to follow at Fort Hill Cemetery in Round Lake, IL.
   In accordance with public gathering restrictions, attendees are expected to wear mask and observe social distancing. The Funeral home staff will monitor capacity limits and allow up to 10 people in at a time.
   Arrangements have been entrusted to Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home. For information, please call the funeral home at 847-546-3300 or visit, where friends and loved one’s may share memories of Fred on his tribute wall.”