Dec. 28, 1929 – May 7, 2018
Benjamin E. Fricke, 88, of David City passed away May 7, 2018, at the St. Joseph’s Villa.
Funeral Mass is being held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Presentation Parish in Bellwood. Visitation is being held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary. Burial is being held at St. Peter and Mary Catholic Cemetery in Bellwood.
Memorials have been suggested to Aquinas Guardian Angel Fund, Presentation Parish and Masses.
Benjamin was born Dec. 28, 1929, to Ernest F. and Catherine (Kucera) Fricke on a farm near Rising City. He attended school through the 11th grade, until he went to farm. Ben was united in marriage to Arlene Novacek on Jan. 4, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the NFO (National Farmers Organization). Ben enjoyed going to all types of auctions, working with cattle and visiting with everyone. He was great at telling jokes and making new friends. One of his favorite sayings was ‘Grandma and I started out with nothing, and we still have most of it left.’
Ben is survived by his wife, Arlene of 68 years; children: JoAnn (John) Messing of Shelby, Teresa Fricke of Pleasant Valley, MO; Marcia (Larry) Dittfurth, of College Station, Texas, Dan (Darcee) Fricke, of Lincoln, Mary (Matt) Parker, of Harrison, son-in-law Ben Syring, of David City; sisters Rose Marie Kobza, Arliene (Joe) Kobza, Ramona Davis, Marilyn (Zeek) Zegers; sister-in-law Andrea Fricke; brother-in-lawRodney Powell; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Jean Syring; siblings Christopher (Gladys) Fricke, Gary Fricke, Evie(Walt) Daro, Anna Mae Powell; brother-in-law Richard Kobza; and great-grandchildren, Stephanie Syring and Calvin Sundberg.