Walter Earl Fritz 04-1987 Submitted by: Tim Dotterer
Services for Walter Earl Fritz, 79, who died April 16 in an Enid hospital, were at 11 AM Saturday in the First Baptist Church of Cherokee with the Rev. Tom Cooksey officiating.
Burial was in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home.
Fritz was born at Eddyville, Illinois, on September 19, 1907, to Frank and Dora Stapleton Fritz. He attended schools in Illinois and later worked on the Mississippi clearing the channels for boats.
Fritz worked with the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone prior to World War II, then entered the U.S. Army on March 2, 1943. He was a sergeant with Battery G. 898 AAA Battalion, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
After his discharge in 1945, he came to Cherokee and lived here the rest of his life. Fritz and Reda Cusshenbery were married June 26, 1946, who survives him.
In addition to his wife, Fritz is survived by a son, Walley Fritz of Enid; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Kathy) Jolie of Shawnee; three sisters, Othel Fritz, Leveta Pitts, both of Anna, Illinois, and Lois McLain, Center City, Kentucky, and two granddaughters, Tallena Fritz and Kristen Jolie. He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
Memorials may be made to the Alfalfa County Hospital with the funeral home serving as custodian of the fund.
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