Donald Edward Fritz

1930 - 2019

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Donald E. Fritz, age 89, of Findlay, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019. He was born on May 30, 1930 in Jasper, Indiana to Hubert Fritz and Virginia (Wehr) Fritz. After his father's death when Don was 4 years old, he was raised by his loving mother and special stepfather (pop), Ed Fischer. Don is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Suzanne, who passed at age 2. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Betty (Heeke). Also surviving are a son: Mike (Ann) Fritz of Maumee; daughters: Pam Leichty and Suzan (Allen) Eckert both of Findlay; grandchildren: Casey (Megan) Leichty, Corey (Andrea) Leichty, Kari (Evan) Jackson, Haley (Eric) Kersting and Curtis Eckert; great grandchildren: Benjamin, Josiah, Dean, Talon, Beckett, Caroline and Leah. In 1957, Don's family and parents moved to Findlay and opened the Western Auto Store that later became the Bike Emporium. For decades, it was a great place to meet and socialize. He was a member of St. Michael Church, the K of C, and the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Findlay Moose Lodge. Don proudly served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller during the Korean War. He loved reading, the outdoors, cycling, bird watching and animals, especially the family dogs. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay where a scripture service will be held at 7:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, downtown, located at 617 West Main Cross Street, Findlay. Father Michael Zacharias will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorials may be made to the church in his memory. Online condolences are welcomed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Tuesday, August 6th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Mass of Christian Burial:

    Wednesday, August 7th 2019 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (Downtown) [Map]
    617 West Main Cross Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    St. Michael Cemetery [Map]
    932 W. Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
    750 Bright Road
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Instructions:

    Full military rites by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.

Condolences For Donald Edward Fritz

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To : Sue an Family
Date :Monday, August 5th 2019
From : Bob Powell
Enjoy being a friend of your Dad,What a wonderful man,God Bless.

To : Fritz Family
Date :Monday, August 5th 2019
From : Jeff Wigand
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing! It was always a real pleasure whenever Don was in Jasper and I was home. I still remember my first (and I think only) trip to Findlay when I was a young teenager and Don took us all to Cedar Point... He will be missed! Jeff

To : Fritz Family
Date :Monday, August 5th 2019
From : Kurt Witter
Don was a friend of our family for many years he fixed lots of our bikes and just about what ever we took to him he will be missed. He was always a happy man may god bless him.

To : Fritz Family
Date :Monday, August 5th 2019
From : Ava Korff Kinney
I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Don’s passing. There were so many great memories from my childhood when Uncle Don and Aunt Betty and Mike, Pam, and Suzan would come visit us in Salem and all our Jasper gatherings. I remember coming to Findlay with my mom and dad in the fall of 1987. It was Halloween time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all! 💕🙏

To : Sue Allen and Family
Date :Tuesday, August 6th 2019
From : Karen Jerry Krout
Sending our deepest sympathies to all of you on the passing of your Dad. We have such good and fun memories to recall and share. Jerry enjoyed their visits at the Moose and the time he went searching for frogs in our pond. Always fun recollections. We are With you in spirit and may he rest in peace. Love to you all.

To : Betty and Family
Date :Tuesday, August 6th 2019
From : Leroy Heldman
Betty, I was sorry to read about Don passing, I know you and family will miss him. I remember all the good times we had in High School and in that jeep he had. I have been thinking of you and him quite a few times. Don was a great friend. I know it is Heartbreaking for you and family, but you will always have the Memories forever. Leroy

To : Mike Anne Fritz
Date :Tuesday, August 6th 2019
From : Lu Ann Joe Matthes
Good thoughts & prayers go to you and your family during this difficult stage of life. Hold on to your Dad’s memories and things will feel better soon.
Take Care!

To : Betty Fritz
Date :Tuesday, August 6th 2019
From : Rocky Renneisen
sorry to lose Don, who was a great friend growing up in Jasper. Condolences to you and the family.

To : Fritz Family
Date :Tuesday, August 6th 2019
From : Br Francis Wagner OSB
Very sorry to hear about Don's passing. I have many fond childhood memories of visiting Don and Betty, Pam and Sue (Mike had grown up and moved out by that time, I think), and their dog Barron (sp?) at the A-frame home on West Main Cross. Later, my brother and I would always get our bicycle equipment and supplies at Western Auto. Funny how, decades later, I now live near where Don was born -- St. Meinrad, Indiana, just down the road 20 miles or so from Jasper. May he rest in peace.

To : Mike Fritz
Date :Wednesday, August 14th 2019
From : Bill Atchison
Sorry to hear of your loss. We were the family that you gave Baron to back in the early 70's. Came from such a nice family. We hadn't been married very long when we got Baron, and it will be 50 years next April. We lived in the apartment next door and above Pearl's Market. She and Mary were great neighbors. Well sorry and God bless you and your family.

To : Sue Eckert and Family
Date :Wednesday, August 14th 2019
From : Suzanne Reichert Cromer

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Prayers to you and your family during this time.