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)