Lifelong Sherman County resident James Leland Fritz, 77, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas surrounded by family.
James was born on December 25, 1942 in Goodland, KS to Martin Fritz and Lena (Schock) Fritz. He attended school in Ruleton, Kansas until the 8th Grade. After graduating, he farmed and worked at the automotive shop with his brother, Jake. At the age of 22, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served our country for 3 years. He then returned to help Jake operate Fritz Bros. Garage and work at the CO-OP. In 1967, he began farming in Sherman county, which became Fritz Farms.
Jim never knew a stranger. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Many friends and family loved being near him because you knew he was going to say something or do something good. He loved fishing, playing cards and bowling, but his main passion was farming.
He married Joan Fritz on August 12, 1972. Jim and Joan enjoyed time with family, fishing at the lake, bowling, and farming until Joan’s passing on August 4, 1986. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Joan, and his brother Jake Fritz, and Carl Schock (Uncle). He is survived by his Daughter Mable (Kenny Seibel) Goalden. Grandsons Dustin (Ashley) Goalden, Scott (RaeAnn) Hayes. Great Grandchildren Gunner, Tailynn, and Emery Goalden, Cheyenne, Cheryl, and Cooper Hayes. Nephew Rusty (Wendy) Fritz. Nieces Lanette (Mike) Keiner, and Kelly (Randy) Selbe, and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Service will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM MT at Koons-Russell Funeral Home with Gordon Pettibone officiating. Burial will follow in the Kanorado Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM MT at Koons-Russell Funeral Home.
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