Donald S. Fritz, 90, passed away surrounded by the love of his family in his home at 1:06 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Born in his family home in South Bend, Indiana on October 24, 1930, Donald was the son of William Charles and Mary Etta (Gilvin) Fritz. He attended LaPaz schools.
Donald would marry MaryLou Smith on August 7, and the couple would make their home in Plymouth. He began his landscaping career with Davy Tree, with some of his big jobs being Arlington National Cemetery and the Sea Worlds. After a few years he would branch off on his own and with MaryLou, they started F & K Enterprises.
He served as an engineer in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and would be Honorably Discharged in 1954.
Donald loved photography and was a very family-oriented man. All free time was spent with them. He attended North Salem Church of God.
He is survived by his stepsons: Lonnie (Sandy) Stutler of Indianapolis, IN, Shane Stutler of Orange County, TX and Bryan (Vikki) Stutler of Plymouth; his loving sister, Bonnie (Tom) Kovatch-Swett; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by Mary Lou in 2015; his parents; sisters, Norma Kizer and Wanda Rice; brothers: Fawn, Dallis, Glen, and Chester; granddaughters, Amber Stutler and Brenda Stutler.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021, from 11-1 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. A memorial service follows at 1 p.m. with Chaplain Tom Lee officiating.
Burial will be with his wife, in the New Oak Hill Cemetery with Military Honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.
Suzanne M Gibson says
We the members of the VFW Auxiliary 1162 in Plymouth Indiana
are sadden to hear of Donald’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with his
family and many friends at this time of great sorrow
We want his family to know that we are proud of his service to our country
God Speed Donald and thank you for all that you did for us to keep us free
VFW Auxiliary 1162 Chaplain and Secretary
Tammy Goins says
So sorry for your loss. I had the great privilege to know Don and the wonderful man he was. He will be miss.
david Crisp says
don was my neighbor for 30 years and was very soft spoken and kind to me..he will be missed especially his smile god speed pops…
Shelly White says
Such a great man. So sorry for the families loss. I had the pleasure of serving Don and his sons coffee and breakfast many times, many years ago at L&K Restaurant here in Plymouth. He will definitely be missed by many.