Richard A. Fritz, 78, of Monroeville, died Friday afternoon, July 13, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, surrounded by his family.
He was born April 24, 1929, in Monroeville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War serving in Germany. Richard was a life long farmer. He also was employed for 32 years in the maintenance department with Ridgefield Township, retiring in 1988. Prior to this he had worked at the New Departure-Hyatt, Division of General Motors.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroeville; a life member of St. John Newman Chapter 1117, Knights of Columbus; American Legion Post 547, Monroeville, where he was one of the fish fryers; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 712, Fremont; and a life member of the VFW, Norwalk. He had also served on the Board of Directors of the former Monroeville Co-Op.
His hobbies included playing euchre, pot luck poker, work, weekly breakfast at Whitey's with his friend Bob, cook-outs at the Arches and being one to the legions fish fryers.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Rose Marie Gies; one son, Richard "Rick" (Beth) Fritz of Monroeville; two daughters, Jeanne (John) Soisson of Norwalk and Debra (Daniel) Clapp of North Bend, Wash.; grandchildren, Kristin and Lauren Clapp, Leah Schaffer, Brittany and Bryan Fritz; and step grandchildren, Lindsey and Daniel Soisson; two sisters, Virginia (Homer) Bungard of Norwalk and Marilyn (Ralph) Pierce of Monroeville; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Edna (Stang) Fritz.
Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St., Monroeville, where Christian Wake Services will be 5 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 66 Chapel St., Monroeville. The Rev. Kenneth J. Lill will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroeville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Endowment Fund, 79 Chapel St., Monroeville; or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.