Frederick C. "Fritz" Linder, 94, of rural Norwalk, died Mondayevening, March 3, 2008, in his home.
He was born April 21, 1913, in Norwalk, to Frank and Clara (Byers) Linder. He lived his entire life in three homes within a mile of each other on Ohio 18, east of Norwalk. He was a farmer, first raising chickens and selling eggs to the Norwalk Chick Hatchery from his parents' farm.
Then in partnership with his brother, Paul, owned three farms. Initially they grew potatoes and were a supplier for the Becker Potato Chip Company in Norwalk. Later they became licensed and bonded livestock dealers, sold beef feeder cattle and raised grain crops.
After retiring from full-time farming, he enjoyed woodworking, collecting coins and writing poetry through which he expressed his love for God and humanity. Each year from 1979 to 2005, he wrote a Christmas poem, which was shared with more than 200 family members and friends.
He was a member of the Huron County Farm Bureau and West Hartland United Methodist Church. He was a member of the former Bronson-Norwalk School District Board when it was divided and consolidated with the Townsend and Wakeman Schools to form the Western Reserve School District. He served on the first Western Reserve School Board and was president for several years.
He is survived by his wife of67 years, Earline (Wolfe) Linder of Norwalk, whom he married July 20, 1940; his children and their spouses, Marilyn (James) Farr of Erlanger, Ky., Ron (Donna) Linder of Norwalk, Fred (Linda) Linder of Norwalk, Ginny (Nelson) Gray of Milan, Becky (Frank) Van Dresser of New London, and Debbie (Eric) Moulton of Marysville, Ohio;17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Margaret Linder of Norwalk; one first cousin, Eleanor Murr of New London; and many other relatives, neighbors and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Linder; his sisters, Louise Linder and Isabelle Moore; and a daughter-in-law, Scott Linder.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday in Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, and from noon on Friday, until service at 1 p.m. in WestHartland United Methodist Church, 1401 Zenobia Road,Norwalk. The Rev. Carl H. Fannin will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Norwalk.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to Norwalk Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857 or WestHartland United Methodist Church, or Western Reserve Local Schools Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 404, Wakeman, OH 44889.
Condolences may be sent atnorwalkfuneral.com.