David Fritsche, 75, Greenwood, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born May 22, 1938, in Indianapolis, the son of Frank and Marie Fritsche, who preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Charlene Fivecoat.
He is survived by a sister and brother, William (Brenda) Fritsche of Iola, Kan., and Linda (Bill) Stroud of Whiteland; eight nieces; and one grandniece and four grand-nephews. He was previously married to Barbara Ann (Kildsig) Cain.
He attended William H. Evans No. 2 grade school and graduated from Manual High School in 1956. He worked for Link Belt for 40 years, retiring in December 1998.
He loved sports and played first base for Manual and was named MVP in 1956. He liked fishing, hunting, baseball and golf, and watching all sports on TV.
He enjoyed building and gifting birdhouses. He was an official Kentucky Colonel and had “1 KY” license plate for many years. He was a counselor for Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a member of Risen Lord Lutheran Church.
He had almost as many friends as there are stars in the sky, many of whom had visited him during his bout with cancer. His home was constantly filled with family, neighbors and friends, all having a friendly chat and smile for someone they loved and respected dearly.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch, 1605 S. State Road 135. The Rev. Mike Brown of Risen Lord Lutheran Church will officiate the service at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions are requested to any of the following: youth sport groups, wildlife conservancy funds, Salvation Army or cancer centers.
Online condolences may be made to: www.ghherrmann.com