Franklin J. Tritz, 72, of Remsen, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Franklin J. Tritz was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Le Mars, the son of Harry and Lucille (Ohlendorf) Tritz. Frank was raised and educated in the Remsen area and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School at Remsen in 1952. On Jan. 15, 1952, he entered the U.S. Navy and served as an aviation mechanic. On May 14, 1955, he married Nancy Baker at Coronado, Calif., and they made their home in San Diego until his discharge on Jan. 13, 1956. That same month they moved to Remsen.
After his fathers death in June of 1956, Frank took over the operation of the Remsen Tank Line which his father had been operating. Nancy died March 17, 1977. On May 26, 1978, he married Susan Baumann at Remsen. They made their home in Remsen and he continued to operate the tank line until his death. He also drove school bus for 37 years.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed antiquing.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, V.F.W. Post 3328, all of Remsen, Ducks Unlimited, life member of NRA, Pheasants Forever.
Survivors include his wife, Susan of Remsen; four sons, Mike and his special friend, Katie Kahler, Jeff and his wife, Sandi, Clint and his wife, Heidi, all of Remsen, Frank Jr. and his wife, Melissa of Le Mars; three daughters and their husbands, Kathy and Dean Rhodes and Tami and Jay Schroeder, all of Remsen and Sandy and Mark Rolfes of Le Mars; 17 grandchildren, Dustin and Ashley Tritz, Taylor, Logan, Madison and Mitchell Rhodes, Kaitlin and Matthew Tritz, Alex Chapman, Morgan, Parker and Kennedy Rolfes, Kelsey, Garret, Bailey and Gracyn Schroeder, Sidney Tritz; one sister, Marlene Scanlon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three brothers-in-law: Randy and Deb Hoyt of Runnells, Ovid and Opal Baker of Denver, Colo., and Jack and Betts Baker of Enumclaw, Wash.; five ssters-in-law, Karen and Jim Bellas of Washington, D.C., Merle and Linda Spieler of Marcus, Jean Baumann of Omaha, Neb., Rita and Tom Neubel of Remsen, Betty and Al Robertson of Loveland, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kathy Tritz in infancy; and one brother, Cyril Tritz.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Revs. Timothy Johnson and Donald Slaven officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen, with graveside military honors conducted by Post 220 American Legion and Post 3328 V.F.W. of Remsen.
Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and a rosary at 8 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus.
Casketbearers will be Mike, Jeff, Frank Jr., Clint, Dustin and Matthew Tritz, Bryan Scanlon.
Honorary bearers will be Clarence Harpenau, Howard Crouse, Dick Halter, Bob Puetz, Pat Halter, Frannie Wendt, Tom Rodesch, Randy Kroese, Bud Perrin, Jerry Braun, Jerry Keffler, Don Keffler, Don Alesch, Jim Alesch, Mike Ruden, Rev. Craig Miller.
K. C. honorary bearers will be Arthur Loutsch, Dale Loutsch, Ronald Niehus, Lyle Heidesch, Gilbert Schroeder and Paul Loutsch.