Darrell Lee “Butch” Fritz, 76, of Oakland, was granted his Angel wings at 4:44 P.M., on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon.
The family is graciously abiding by the COVID-19 guidelines and will have a Celebration of Life service held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation’s made in Butch’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.st.jude.org).
Butch was born on August 10, 1944 in Monticello, IL., the first of eight children. He was the son of Emmett and Kathryn Bowlin Fritz. He married Mary Butler Boes, on June 23, 1995 in Paris, IL. Butch is survived by his loving wife and three childdren, Laura Dodds and Leisa Cantrell both of Houston, TX, and Alicia (Cody) McQueen of Oakland, 4 grandchildren, Ashley (Matthew) Koehler, Christina (Ken) Bridge, Abigail (Kyle) Hatcher and Austin Cantrell, and six great-grandchildren, Trace, Logan, Brecken, Cash, Peyton and Hampton. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Ivy Ammann of Bement, and Donna (John) Helm of Nashville, TN, as well as many loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving Grandmother, Ella Mae, his parents, son – John Fritz, 3 brothers, Jim Fritz, Leslie “Pod” Fritz and Thomas Fritz, as well as 2 sisters, Janet Koltveit and Pamela Fritz.
A Bement High School graduate, Butch went to work at General Cable and through the years as an auto and industrial mechanic and ran his own home improvement and remodeling business. His long-life interests included stock car and drag racing, restoring Corvettes and was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast. There’s no doubt he’s back on his ‘84 Harley Davidson Electra Glide in the sky! Most of all, he enjoyed the simple things in life.
Butch was a dear, sweet Soul who felt geniunely about helping others. A protective and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he always made a point to lift others up and encourage them with life lessons. Butch was deeply spiritual and could easily identify with people from all walks of life with an open mind and heart.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, has the honor to serve the family of Butch Fritz, “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”. Please visit our website at www.hindsfuneralhome.com to offer condolences.