Ronald R. Fritz

Ronald R. Fritz
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Ronald R. Fritz, 71, of Belleville, IL, born March 4, 1945, in Jasper, IN, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Fritz retired as a sales representative with the Drake Corporation and was previously employed by North American Products for 37 years.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  Ron was active in the Belleville Sister Cities Program, serving as president in 2008-2009, and currently serving as a trustee and board member.  In 1995, he was the first recipient of the annual membership award.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marcella, nee Mathias, Fritz.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Theresa Marie, nee Hulsman, Fritz, whom he married on October 10, 1970, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in St. Anthony, IN;
a daughter, Emily C. (Thomas E. Jr.) O’Connor of Troy, IL;
a son, Aaron M. Fritz (Jamie Magouirk) of Granite City, IL;
five grandchildren, Annika Fritz, Henry Fritz, Regan O’Connor, Reece O’Connor,
and Jaden Myint;
three brothers and two sisters, Dennis (Mary) Fritz of Jasper, IN,
Carol (Rick) Parson of Eckerty, IN,
Judy (Garry) Cagle of Apopka, FL,
Allen (Pam) Fritz of Huntingburg, IN,
and Richard Fritz of Jasper, IN;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ron’s family would like to offer special thanks to his oncologist, Dr. Daniel Morgensztern, and his entire staff, especially Alisha and Jill, for their exceptional and compassionate care.  Also, thanks to BJC Hospice and their wonderful nurses, Cindy and Brenda.

Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 10, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 10, from the funeral home for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow 1 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Condolences Left For Ronald R. Fritz

He’s been reunited with Mom & Dad…we will miss you brother!

Allen & Pam, Huntingburg, Indiana, 47542

so sorry to hear about Ron,thoughts and prayers go out to the family when I worked with Ron you could tell he loved his family always talked about them ,and he was just a good person sorry for your loss

scott Jungmann, ofallon, il, 62269

Some of my fondest childhood memories are from holiday gatherings with family. Uncle Ron was always the jokester and comedian. He remained that way through adversity that most people would crumble under. He unknowingly taught me a lesson in his last days that I will carry with me the rest of my life. No matter what adversity you face, keep a positive attitude and a sense of humor. My condolences go out to my Aunt and Cousins.

Tony Parson, Bloomington, In, 47403


I am so sorry to read of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the kids in this most difficult time. Cherish the memories.

Gary Hopfinger, Lake Placid, Florida, 33852

Judy and family,
There is a special place in our heart for the one called “brother”. They are special people and to have had one is a special gift. Know that we are thinking of you during this sad time and sending love.

Larry and Marylin Leinenbach, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803

Theresa, wishing you and your Family Peace and comfort for I will miss Ron for he was my best friend for many years way back to when we were in the US Army in Germany, and all the other times we would get together for visits.

Rich Reed, Hudson, Florida, 34669

Liebe Theresa and family,

we are all so sorry about Ron’s passing and want to express our deep sympathy.
Since we got to know him we admired his incredible spirit with so much energy for the Sister Cities, for his family and every cause.
May the memory of the long happy time you passed together be a little comfort for you.
We pray for him to live in God’s peace now.
Heiner, Gabi, Richard and Kilian Sprenkamp, Paderborn, Germany, 33104 Paderborn

Kurt-Heiner and Dr. Gabriele Sprenkamp, Paderborn, Deutschland, 33104

Theresa, we are sorry to hear about Ron. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Pat and Donna Haake, Ferdinand, IN, 47532

Theresa and Family,
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. He will be miss by the many,many people he has interacted with throughout his life.
We wish to express our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and the family.

Bill and Sally Klem, Jasper, IN, 47546

Theresa and family,
We are all very sad to hear of Ron’s passing and want to express our deepest condolences.
Throughout the years he has strongly supported the Sister Cities relationship between Belleville and Paderborn/Germany and we want to say thank you for all he has done.
We are missing a wonderful friend and supporter
On behalf of the Deutsch-Amerikanischer Freundeskreis Paderborn – Belleville:
Heiner Sprenkamp, President and Gabi
Wolfgang Stueken, Vice President and Renate
Erwin Schlenger, Treasurer and Uta
Dr. Otmar Allendorf, Honorary Secretary and Helga
Bernd Broer, Honorary President and Barbara
On behalf of the City and the County of Paderborn:
Michael Dreier, Mayor and Beate
Heinz Paus, Former Mayor and Sabine
Manfred Müller, County Board Chairman and Elke

DAFK, Paderborn, Deutschland, 33100

Sending warm hugs and love to the family. Always enjoyed spending my summer days at the Fritz home while my Mother was working. Ronnie always had a smile on his face!

Marlene Striegel Nunn, Prospect, Ky, 40059


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