Art worked for 30 years as a dock hand for Local 600. He retired from Consolidated Freightways, and enjoyed 26 years of retirement. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed his late-night dinners at both Denny’s and Gary’s Restaurant. Art could spend countless hours watching his cows. He loved his old country music and his western movies. Art was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Glenda, nee Johnston, Fritz, whom he married June 30, 1962, and who died February 3, 2009; his parents, Alvin and Elsie, nee Volpp, Fritz; seven brothers, Ralph Fritz, Howard Fritz, Lawrence (Lillian) Fritz, Avron Fritz, Richard (Joy) Fritz, Winfred Fritz, and Lyle Fritz; three sisters, Mildred (Jim) Scott, Gladys (Albert) Sukut, and Lucille (Bernard) Massin; a sister-in-law, Janet Fritz; two brothers-in-law, Emory “Corky” Johnston and Al Faletti; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emory and Millie Johnston.
Surviving are his three sons, Scott (Susie) Fritz of Smithton, IL, Cory (Cathy) Fritz of Paderborn, IL, and Brian (Ruth) Fritz of Lebanon, IL;
nine grandchildren, Amber (Brad) Dimatteo, CJ, Nathan, Jordan, Megan, Aaron, Brandon, Ryan, and Blake;
four great-grandchildren, Lauren, Brynn, Layla, and Makenzie;
two brothers, Melvin Fritz and Earl (Doline) Fritz;
two sisters, Louise (John) Holmes and Viola (George) Titsworth;
four sisters-in-law, Edna Fritz, Kae Fritz, Beverly Johnston, and Naomi Faletti;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.
According to Art’s wishes, cremation will follow the services. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date.