Arthur Fritz

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Arthur Martin Fritz, 83, of Paderborn, IL, formerly of Circle, Montana, born April 7, 1934, in Circle, Montana, died peacefully Saturday, October 14, 2017, with his family by his side.

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

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.


2 Comments on Arthur Fritz

Dale and Susie Erickson said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2017 at 9:38 PM

To all of Arts family, sincere sympathy. All his family and friends will miss him. Many, many memories. God Speed.

  • /Sidney
  • Montana
DALE AND SUSIE ERICKSON said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Our sincere sympathy to all of Arts family. My first memory of Art is when my dad offered his dad a nickel for him. We called him Nickel Fritz for years afterward Many memories followed. God Speed Nickel. All your friends and family will miss you.

  • Sidney
  • Montana

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