Fred Badertscher was born in Dalton, Ohio in 1928 and graduated from Killbuck High School in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army 45th Engineer Battalion in Tokyo, Japan from 1946 to 1948 and received the World War II Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal.
After returning home from the service and until 1956 Fred worked on Standard Rigs and Spudders starting on a casing gang, to tool dresser, and driller. For one season Fred worked on an Off Shore Drilling Rig for Loffland Brothers Drilling.
In 1956 Fred purchased “Killbuck Drilling Contractors” and did contract drilling in Ohio and Michigan. In 1968 he sold his drilling rigs, moved to New Concord, Ohio, and purchased rig moving trucks and equipment to build and reclaim locations.