Herman E. Fredritz, 91, of Alvada, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:30 a.m. at his residence.
Born on November 3, 1922 in Seneca County, Ohio, he was the son of the late John and Matilda (Reinhart) Fredritz.
On May 17, 1947 he married Gerry E. Steinmetz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tiffin. She survives in Alvada.
Also surviving are his seven children, Ruth (Bernie) Gosche of Tiffin, Susie (Jerry) Kelbley of Tiffin, Dave (Maryann) Fredritz of Carey, Dan (Karen) Fredritz of Bluffton, Nancy (Tom) Parker of Kenton, Judy (Ed) Myers of Alvada, and Chris (Bob) McConnell of Fostoria; 24 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; a sister, Rita (Howard) Pahl; and a brother, William Fredritz both of Carey.
Preceding him in death were two grandchildren; and four brothers, Paul, Henry, Howard and James Fredritz.
Herman was a life long Seneca County grain and livestock farmer and was known for his Allis Chalmer tractors. When he was not farming you could catch him relaxing with a Gibson guitar in his hand or woodworking. He also enjoyed bowling in different men’s leagues and mixed doubles leagues with his wife. An outdoorsman, he liked pheasant hunting, bird watching, gardening, and took great pride in his apple trees. But most of all, he was a family man. He loved telling stories to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, serving a year in Osaka, Japan following the end of the war. While stationed with the 25th Division QM, he was a pitcher on the fastpitch softball team. “Known as an iron armed pitching genius of the QM team, He led them to the league championship by holding the highly favored 27th Division team to one run.”
A man of Faith, he was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Church, Carey. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus 1925 in Carey and the American Legion 354 in New Riegel.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at STOMBAUGH-BATTON FUNERAL HOME, Carey where a Scripture service will be at 7:45 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at The Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paul Faroh OFM Conv. officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carey with military graveside rites conducted by the New Riegel American Legion Honor Guard.
In memory of Herman, memorials may be made to Community Hospice Care or Our Lady of Consolation School in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 West Findlay Street, Carey, Ohio 43316-1169.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.StombaughBatton.com.
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