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 Joseph R. Fritsche

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Joseph R. Fritsche

Birth
New Blaine, Logan County, Arkansas, USA
Death
29 Jan 2017 (aged 93)
Scranton, Logan County, Arkansas, USA
Burial
Scranton, Logan County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID
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Joseph R. Fritsche, age 93, a resident of Scranton passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Scranton.

He was born January 9, 1924, in New Blaine to Adolph and Elizabeth (Ebbing) Fritsche.

He served in World War II as an Aerial Gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force. His plane was shot down during his 18th mission, near Padova, Italy, where he was captured and held as a prisoner of war. He was honorably discharged in 1946, and later awarded many medals that included, Purple Heart, Air Medal (with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Prisoner of War, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, WWII Victory, and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

Joe was a member of the Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, a 4th Degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Legion.

He retired from the Logan County Bank in 2011 after 52 years where he served as President and CEO.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred (Ahne) Fritsche; his parents; two sisters, Marie Anhalt, and Rose Koch; three brothers, Ben Frietsche, George Fritsche, and Edward Fritsche (infant); and a great grandson, David D'Augustine.

He is survived by two daughters, Joni Fritsche of Santa Rosa, California, and Maureen Musholt of Elkins; three sons, Don Fritsche of Scranton, Gary Fritsche of Scranton, and Alan Fritsche of Grapevine, Texas; eleven grand children; and eighteen great grand children.

A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Scranton.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Saint Ignatius Catholic Church with Fr. Josely Kalathil, I.M.S. and Fr. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. officiating.

Burial with military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force will follow in the Saint Ignatius Cemetery in Scranton under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

Pallbearers will be Adam Fritsche, Josh Fritsche, Mark Fritsche, Ryan Fritsche, Braeden Sugg, and Jackson Shafer.

Honorary pallbearers will be his caretakers, and the Logan County Bank employees.

Joseph R. Fritsche, age 93, a resident of Scranton passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Scranton.

He was born January 9, 1924, in New Blaine to Adolph and Elizabeth (Ebbing) Fritsche.

He served in World War II as an Aerial Gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force. His plane was shot down during his 18th mission, near Padova, Italy, where he was captured and held as a prisoner of war. He was honorably discharged in 1946, and later awarded many medals that included, Purple Heart, Air Medal (with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Prisoner of War, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, WWII Victory, and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

Joe was a member of the Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, a 4th Degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the American Legion.

He retired from the Logan County Bank in 2011 after 52 years where he served as President and CEO.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred (Ahne) Fritsche; his parents; two sisters, Marie Anhalt, and Rose Koch; three brothers, Ben Frietsche, George Fritsche, and Edward Fritsche (infant); and a great grandson, David D'Augustine.

He is survived by two daughters, Joni Fritsche of Santa Rosa, California, and Maureen Musholt of Elkins; three sons, Don Fritsche of Scranton, Gary Fritsche of Scranton, and Alan Fritsche of Grapevine, Texas; eleven grand children; and eighteen great grand children.

A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Scranton.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Saint Ignatius Catholic Church with Fr. Josely Kalathil, I.M.S. and Fr. Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. officiating.

Burial with military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force will follow in the Saint Ignatius Cemetery in Scranton under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

Pallbearers will be Adam Fritsche, Josh Fritsche, Mark Fritsche, Ryan Fritsche, Braeden Sugg, and Jackson Shafer.

Honorary pallbearers will be his caretakers, and the Logan County Bank employees.


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