Jeffrey Fritza of Carrington, ND, passed away quietly in his home, with his wife by his side, Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the age of 72.
Jeffrey Lee Fritza was born December 29, 1944, in Carrington, ND, to Albert and Emma (Broneske) Fritza. He lived in Carrington until shortly after his dad passed away, in 1959. The following year, his family moved to Underwood, ND. As a teenager, Jeff worked at Texaco Station in Underwood, and was involved in stock car racing. He also helped to build the race track there. After high school, he attended Hansen Mechanical Trade School in Fargo, ND. Later, he worked for Schaffer Ford in Underwood, and Cliff Loberg Ford in Wahpeton, ND.
Jeff married Shirley Beseman on August 28, 1965, at Lidgerwood, ND. He joined the US Army in November of 1965, and spent 14 months in Pleku, Viet Nam. He was discharged on August 11, 1967. After his discharge they moved to Carrington, where he worked at Held Motor Sales until 1974. He started Jeff’s Repair in 1974 on the farmstead where he and Shirley lived, and his brother-in-law, Leonard Beseman, worked with him for many years. He started the auto salvage part of the business in 1981, renaming it Country Salvage. Jeff continued with repairs until 1994, at which time he changed the name of the business once more, to Vintage Salvage.
Jeff spent many years working and racing at the Central Race Track in Carrington. He enjoyed rebuilding cars, racing, and going to car shows. He restored a ’60 Pontiac and a ’66 Cutless, and enjoyed taking them to shows and visiting with the people there. One of his favorite projects was a Snowcat he made out of a ’38 Chevy pickup, and he spent many hours enjoying it with his kids.
Jeff was an avid reader of newspapers, and anything with For Sale ads. He also enjoyed search and find crossword puzzles.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Shirley; his six children, Laura (Bob) Anderson, of Wahpeton, ND, Dale Fritza, of Grand Forks, ND, Patty (Ron) Brouillette, of Stephen City, VA, Mike (Denise) Fritza, of Washington, UT, Wendy Fritza, of Denver, CO, and Jeffrey Fritza, of Carrington; four grandchildren, Doug Brouillette, Cole (Brittany) Fritza, Lea (Jesse) Hunt, and Jesse Brouillette; one great-grandchild, Mariah Fritza; his sister Rose Mary (Darrell) Ringenberg, Brinsmade, ND, and many nieces and nephews.
Welcoming him to his heavenly home are his parents, Albert and Emma (Pulver) Fritza; his in-laws, Ed and Alma Beseman; his sister-in-law, Sharon (Beseman) Davis, and many aunts and uncles.
Monday (Feb. 20th) at 7PM in Evans Funeral Home, Carrington
Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND
DATE AND TIME:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:30AM
Carrington Cemetery, with Military Honors
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Message: My sincere sympathy to you. As the days and weeks pass, and as you try to return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I also pray that you take the time to know the comfort our Creator offers in his word. God Bless..
Name: Rosemary Voglewede
Date: Feb. 22
Message: My sympathy and prayers to you, Shirley, and you family. Jeff will certainly be missed by many.
Name: Karen Ziemkowski
Date: February 22, 2017
Message: Shirley and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am very glad that I got a chance to know Jeff. He had a wonderful smile. Sending my thoughts and prayers. You have been in our prayers at church.
Name: Lynn Mickelson
Message: So sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. I considered him a really good friend. We were both 'car guys'. He bought an old '60 Pontiac from me several years ago. I had the pleasure of stopping in to visit him about a year ago when I was at Carrington HS to speak to the students about drinking and driving. Laura....I am the guy that bought that old '84 Pontiac from you about 6 or 7 years ago. Sort of an ironic note here. Jeff passed away on Thursday...That old 84 'died' the very next day with about 296,000 miles on it. I put 90,000 on it. Rest in peace, old friend. I will miss you at the car shows.
Name: Brian Mindt
Message: So sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. Him, Shirley and Leonard have always been so nice to visit with. They also done alot to help me out back when I was in business on the farm. It was always nice to run into them when we got back home. Our prayers are with your entire family.
Name: LeLand Wolsky
Message: Sorry to hear of Jeff's passing.
He was a very good friend for many years.
Name: Peggy Prochnow
Date: Feb 18 2017
Message: Laura, sorry to hear about your Dad. You have our sincere sympathy. Our sympathy to the rest of the family.
Name: Mary Ann Straley
Message: Wayne and I are so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. We will miss visiting with him at our class reunion this summer. RIP, Jeff. Hugs to Shirley.
Mary Ann Straley
Name: Darlene & Tom Tennyson
Message: Shirley and family,
Our sincere sympathy. Jeff was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. It was so nice to see that he enjoyed the class reunions with us. I know many classmates enjoyed visiting with him.
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