On April 21, 2021 our pops took the hand of God and was reunited in heaven with the love of his life, his wife Loraine. Robert Russel Fritz was born on June, 12, 1940 in New London, Wisconsin. He was the son of the late Dorothy (Finger) and Arthur Fritz. He was baptized at Emanuel Lutheran Church, where he was a lifelong member on August 11, 1940. He was confirmed in his faith on April 3, 1955. He graduated from Washington High School in New London in May of 1959. He served his country in the United States Army from 1959-1961 and was honorably discharged in 1965. On June 13, 1964, he was united in marriage to Loraine Hass. They were married for 52 years until her passing in 2017. Their marriage was blessed with three children and four grandchildren. He worked for the city of New London as the Street Superintendent and retired in 2002 at which time he was honored with a street named after him, Bob Fritz Lane, in Hatten Park. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching old westerns, and cooking and spending time with his family. He always took the scenic route wherever he went which earned him the nickname, Backroad Bob.
He is survived by his children, Julie (Glen) Besaw, Manawa, Lisa (Andrew) Laluzerne, Neenah, Jeffrey Fritz, Little Chute, his grandchildren, Kaitlyn Fritz, Brittany and Stephanie Besaw, and Isabelle Laluzerne. He is further survived by his sister Maxine Lathrop, sister-in-law Ingeborg Fritz, brothers in law, John Hass and Roger (Lois) Kitzman, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Loraine, his parents, his brothers Donald and Raymond, his sister Helen, two infant siblings, sisters-in-law Lucille Fritz, Judy Hass, Angeline Kitzman, brothers-in-laws John Jungwirth and Burton Lathrop, niece Shelly Johnson and nephew Gregory Fritz.
Funeral services for Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11am at Emanuel Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Tiefel presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 9-11 prior to the service. Burial for Robert and Loraine will be at Floral Hill Cemetery following the service.
Special thanks to Dr. Fuhrmann, Dr. Poola and the team at Appleton Cancer Center. Added thanks go to Sarah and Nicole and the rest of the Team 3 staff at ThedaCare Hospice for helping us to care for dad and allowing us to keep him home. Memorials may be directed to Emanuel Lutheran Church, New London. He who dies in faith, dies well.
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