Clarence M. Fritz Jr.

August 19, 1928 ‒ February 03, 2006

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Clarence M. Fritz Jr., age 77, of Co. Rd. 123, Mt. Gilead, Ohio died on Friday morning, February 3, 2006 at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville.

He was a lifelong Morrow County resident, where he was born on Aug. 19, 1928, the son of the late Clarence M. and Hazel (Ritchey) Fritz.

On September 21, 1947, Clarence married his loving wife of over 58 years, Mary (Jones) Fritz, on their home place where they lived their entire married life.

Clarence retired from Western Auto, where he was employed as a truck driver and Fleet Dispatcher. He had also been employed for many years at Sim’s Fertilizer, Division of Landmark, and the Morrow County Highway Department while working his farm. For many years, he also served Harmony Township as both the clerk and a trustee.

Clarence was a member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church, Chester Lodge No. 238 F. & A. M., and the Evelyn Chapter No. 146 O.E.S., where he was very active serving multiple terms as Worthy Patron and other stations. In 1972, he was appointed as an Assistant Grand Sentinel O.E.S. Clarence was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and Aladdin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Columbus.

In recent years, Clarence took pleasure in eating out, feeding the birds, and playing with his faithful canine companions, Ginger and Sophie.

In addition to his wife, Clarence is survived by two daughters Patricia (Grove) Rinehart of Mt. Gilead, OH, and Linda Fritz of Collierville, TN; two grandchildren Beth (Jeff) Gress of Granville, OH, and Shawn (Amy) Rinehart of Fredericktown, OH; and four great-grandchildren Andrew and Sam Gress, and Luke and Ben Rinehart; and nieces and nephews.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Opal Fritz; and sister and brother-in-law Annabell and Kermit Lewis.

The family will greet friends on Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service at the Craven Funeral Home, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, with Masonic services to be held at 5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held there on Monday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Joe Sopher officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Morrow County, P.O. Box 86, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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