Frederic William “Fritz” Ackerman

November 24, 1946 ‒ November 29, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Frederic William “Fritz” Ackerman, 74, of Bellville, died November 29, 2020 in Columbus, after a short illness. He was born in Mansfield, on November 24, 1946, the son of Frederic Bowden Ackerman and Anna Willeen (Divelbiss) Ackerman.

Fritz lived all of his 74 years in Richland County, most of which found him in Bellville and Jefferson Township. Graduated from Bellville High School and Otterbein College, he completed courses from Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, Capital Law School, and the Ohio Supreme Court’s Dispute Mediation Program.

He was employed as a school teacher, newspaper editor, a literature, law, and ethics instructor at North Central Technical College and a law instructor at Central Ohio Technical College. He worked in the technologies industries including automotive, radio frequency electronics, and as an industrial millwright. Most recently, he was the owner/operator of Mid-Ohio Safe & Lock Co., providing locksmith, safe, and vault services in north-central Ohio.

Fritz was proudly serving in his 41st year as Jefferson Township Trustee, having been elected to eleven consecutive four-year terms.

Fritz was a talented guitar player who enjoyed singing his favorite folk songs to local audiences. Over the years, he collected and repaired many antique gasoline engines, and clocks. He also enjoyed browsing antique shops and flea markets. Fritz loved reading, writing, a good joke, and the company of his long-haired cat. He enjoyed time on his five-acre farm in Bellville.

He is survived by his two children, Aaron (Jennifer) Ackerman of Chuluota, FL and Nathan (Lindsay) Ackerman of Washington D.C.; two loving granddaughters: Elleigh and Allie Ackerman of Chuluota, FL; his loyal friend and companion Penny Vance of Bellville; sister Jo Anna (Rick) Sowash of Cincinnati; niece Shenandoah Sowash of Washington, D.C.; nephew Chapman Sowash of Cincinnati; and cousins Stephanie Ayers Cutlip of Huron, Glenn Guill of Bellville, and Richard Ayers of Mansfield.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held next year. The date will be announced at: The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is serving the Ackerman family.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions please be made to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 –

  • Aaron,

    We send our sincere condolences to you and your family, wished we could have gotten to meet him, but I’m so glad he got to come to Florida and spend time with you and Jennifer and the grands! Our thoughts and prayers are with you always!

    Barbara and Keith Smelser

  • Sorry to hear of Fritz’s passing. He was truly an asset to the Clear Fork Valley. Always enjoyed his humor. Jill and family are in our thoughts and prayers
    Kitty and Stan Black

  • Aaron and Nathan,
    We were saddened to hear of Fitz’s passing! I thought the world of him. I always enjoyed talking to him. He was always so insightful. I never heard him call me by my real name. He always called me DeeDee (Aaron’s name for me when he was little). The valley will surely miss him! Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
    Love, Ginger (Jordan) & Nick Kunz

  • I remember many trips with Fritz in search of antique engines. He was one of the most interesting and intelligent people i have ever met. We have lost a great conservative with common sense and integrity ! R.I.P Fritz

  • Fritz was one of the good ones. What a great sense of humor. He will be sorely missed by myself and others in the valley. Lonnie McGhee

  • Sorry to hear of Fritz passing.Knew him for many years.I remember when he had the auto repair business,and worked with him at Major Metals. He will be missed

  • So sorry to hear of Fritz passing. I so enjoyed conversations with him. His knowledge and wit made every visit with him a pleasure.

  • For Jo (Ackerman) Sowash: Hello, Jojo. This is Sheila (Webb) Allen, one of your former classmates, currently living in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. My sister Bernalle, who lives in Mt. Vernon, sent me word of your brother’s death. I’m sorry you lost Fritz. I didn’t interact with him as much as I did with you and your mom, but I have humorous memories of his long, skinny strides around the old Bellville elementary and junior high back in the early 60s. I’m glad I had the opportunity to get to know your family.