William “Bill” Fritz, 92, of Buckingham, passed away Friday (Feb. 1, 2019) at Amita St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, with his family by his bed side.
He was born Sept. 11, 1926, the son of George and Emma (Hebekeuser) Fritz, in Buckingham. Bill married Elsie Roe on June 2, 1949, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Herscher.
Bill started Fritz Electric, now Fritz Electric & Grandsons, in 1956, in Herscher. He served on the Herscher Fire Department for 40 years, attaining the rank of assistant fire chief. He served as an officer of the Herscher Sportsman’s Club and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Western movies. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Elsie Fritz, of Buckingham; three daughters, Karen (Jerry) Stam, of St. Anne, Mary Kay (Steve Warriner) O’Brien, of Wilmington, and Alice (Dave) Scott, of Gilbert, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Tony (Michele) Rattin, of Herscer, Glenn (Leticia) Keasey, of Lowell, Ind., Dana (Julie Berryhill) Rattin, of Bonfield, Jerika (Rob) Williamson, of Milwaukee, Katie (Doug Warriner) Wiens, of Custer Park, Kristin (Josh) Burmeister, of Herscher, Lynn (Dane) Lynch, of Gilbert, Ariz., Chris (Jessica) Norman, of Manteno, and Jennifer (Ben) Gaballa, of Clarksville, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren with twins due in August; two great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Mardelle Spears, of Florida, Francis (Ann) Fritz, of Kankakee, Edwin Fritz, of Kankakee, James (Ann) Fritz, of Kankakee, and Katherine Lovell, of Cincinnati.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Schreffler Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. An additional time for visitation will be from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Herscher. Burial will immediately follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Bonfield.
Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family.
The family “would like to thank Dr. Long, emergency room staff at Amita St. Mary’s Hospital and MICU Department and Hospice of Kankakee Valley for the compassion shown during this difficult time.”
Please sign his online guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.