Donald R. Fritz, 84, of Clay City, passed away Aug. 24, 2017, at I.U. Methodist Hospital with his family by his side. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Clay City, the son of Jennings Fritz and Betty Leohr Fritz. Don graduated from Clay City High School, class of 1950.
Don served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany. On Nov. 20, 1959, he married Thelma Jo Hutchison Fritz and together they raised their family in Clay City. He was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars 6606 in Clay City, Masonic Lodge, and the United Coal Miners Union while at AMAX Coal Mine.
He and his late wife, Thelma, were active members of the Friendly Open Bible Community Church. He enjoyed Bible Study, Sunday school, and cooked for Vacation Bible School.
Don grew up on a farm and farmed most of his life. He also worked as a welder for the coal mine for many years. He is well known for his vegetable garden and the bounty of the food grown has never gone to waste. He canned, cooked for family and friends, and gave to others many vegetables. He also was a wonderful pie maker and kept a calendar of those that may enjoy a freshly made pie. He was a man who had knowledge about many things, but was never boastful. He was disciplined with his daily routine and was dedicated to his God, his country, and his family.
Survivors include his children, Jeff and wife Carol Fritz and Lisa Halfhill and husband Steve, all of Clay City; grandchildren, Kacie Nicoson (Andrew), Darcie Fritz, Bradie Fritz and Sklyer Halfhill; great-granddaughter, Kylie Nicoson; one sister, Rosemary Stephens and husband Jerry of Bowling Green; other nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Melvin Fritz; and his beloved wife, Thelma Jo Fritz.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Burns and Bruce McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Clay City VFW and American Legion and by the U.S. Army. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Seedline Ministry, 5409 S. County Road 250E. Greencastle, IN. 46135 or www.seedline.org. Post a note of condolence at: www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com
Published on August 26, 2017