Richard "Dick" Fritz, Sr. age 80, of Rhinelander, died on Feb. 13, 2021, at his home. He was born on Dec. 13, 1940, in Chicago, the son of William and Mildred (Brown) Fritz. He moved to Rhinelander with his family in 1953 and graduated from Rhinelander High School.
Dick married the love of his life, Frances Sortek, on June 22, 1959 and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2014. They were blessed with nearly 55 years of marriage.
Dick began his career in auto body repair and restoration in 1956. He leased and operated the Zephyr Gas Station on Lincoln Street in 1960 until 1973 when he opened the Nicolet Service Center. He owned and operated Nicolet with his son Richard "Stan" until his retirement a couple of years ago. He never lost his passion for cars and was awfully proud of his Mercury he purchased just a few years ago.
Dick's other passion was his interest in Civil War artillery. He was a longtime member of the ACWSA which is a group of people who kept the memory and honor alive of those who served in the Civil War. Dick and the group will be remembered for the many Memorial Day celebrations they enhanced with their authentic cannon salute.
Beyond all of that Dick's true joy came from his kids and grandkids. He looked forward to any activity with them, which included hunting with the boys, and attending the grandkids activities. He also had a soft spot for all of his "wild pets" he enjoyed watching outside his home. If you saw Dick out and about you better have a couple of minutes because he would always have time to talk. He will be missed by many.
Dick is survived by his children Cathy Mathison, Richard "Stan" (Sue) Fritz, Mike (Lori) Fritz and Tom (Debra) Fritz, 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other family and long-time friends. In addition to his wife he was also preceded in death by his brothers William "Bill" Fritz and Robert "Rapper" Fritz.
Graveside services for Dick will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Northland Memorial Park Cemetery with Father Chris Kemp officiating. You may leave your private condolences for the Fritz family at www.carlsonfh.com. The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Fritz family.
Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2021
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Dicks kindred spirit and smile will be deeply missed. Fondest memories of blanket shoots. Etched into my memory is Dick sleeping with his back leaning against a mature Wlte Pine while wearing his full Confederate uniform. A small log building in the background. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Craig Strid
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