Prominent Businessman, Fritz, Dies
(with picture of him)

The owner and operator of Fritz Redi-Mix and Trucking Co., John Fritz, 61, 402 E. 11th St. Rock Falls, died Monday night at Community General Hospital after a short illness.

Fritz, a strong backer of youth activities, sponsored bowling teams as well as girls baseball teams during his many years in the community. Funeral services will be held with a prayer service on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church with the Rev. William F. Myer, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home on Wednesday from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Rosary will be recited Wed., at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory to St. Andrews Catholic Church Building Fund.

Fritz was born on Sept. 12, 1914 in Deer Grove, the son of Charles and Minnie Baker Fritz. He was united in marriage to the former Eva Johnson on Feb. 1, 1947. He was a member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Rock Falls, serving as an usher for many years. He was a veteran of W.W. 2, serving as staff sergeant in the Philippine Islands and was a member of the Rock Falls Legion Post 902.

He is survived by his widow Eva, one son, Terry, in the business with his father, one daughter, Debra, a student at Western University in Macomb, one grandson, two brothers, Donald of Walnut, and Leo of Littleton, Colorado; three sisters, Mrs. Lyle (Kay) Padgett and Mrs. Floyd E. (Margaret) Clapp, both of Walnut; and Mrs. Howard (Alice) Ross of Princeton. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mary Knoll, he also leaves many nieces and nephews.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 2, 1975 - Tuesday, pg 6, submitted by Melva L. Taylor) 




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