October 29, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:00 AM Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 5 - 8 pm
William “Bill” Fritts, age 84 of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, passed away, Friday, October 29, 2010 in Mercy McAuley Center surrounded by his loving family.
Born November 19, 1925 in College Hill, KY to the late Clarence and Nannie Fritts. Bill served his country honorable in the Navy. He retired from International Harvester after 37 years and was a member of Local 402. In the 1950’s and 1960’s he was a fast -ball pitcher for local Springfield teams. The last 40 years he owned and raced standard bred horses as “Fritzie Stables”
His survivors include, his wife of 63 years, Connie, his son, Rick (Barbara) Fritts of Mechanicsburg, his daughter, Karen (Jim) Dunn of Cable, his grandchildren, Kelly (Shane) Reed, Jodi (Randy) Roach, Josh (Heidi) Harlor and Logan Dunn, his great-grandson, Ozzy Roach; brother, Earl (Mary Lou) Fritts of Springfield, a special friend, Virginia Flora and several nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by brothers, Boyd, Albert “Elmer” and Parker Fritts.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2010 in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Mercy Hospice, 444 W. Harding Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45504.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Dear Connie, Rick, and Karen,
I came across this obituary while doing some research on-line regarding old friends in the Springfield area. I did not know that Bill had passed away and I am sorry to hear that and want to convey to you my concolences, even if it is way after the fact. I was working in Albuquerque, NM at the time, travelling back and forth to my home in Edmond, OK. I didn’t hear about this from my sister Joanna I don’t think, so she may not have seen it. I will tell her and my other sisters. I really appreciated you coming to both my father’s and mother’s funerals and I wished that I had had more chance to visit with you all. I am currently working in Germany, but you can reach me at my email listed in this message as I believe it will be passed along. Again, my sincere condolences. If I am ever in the Ohio area it would be nice to see you again.