Clifford Wayne Fritz was born on August 9, 1936, in Versailles, Ohio to the late David & Clara Fritz. He was called home on May 12, 2018, at his residence in Bradford, Ohio while surrounded by his family.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Frances Marie Lavey; his son, Douglas Fritz (Angela); daughters, Deanna Hulsman (Rev. Thomas Hulsman), Denise Weber (Michael), Donita Hopkins (Larry) and Dixie McCord (Stephen).
Cliff is survived by 14 grandchildren, Shannon Fritz, Amber (Fritz) Martin, April Fritz, Hope (Hulsman) Lee, Heidi (Poling) Massingale, Justin Huddleston, Elaine (Huddleston) Miller, Erik Poling, Lindsay (Detro) Stumbo, Nathan Hulsman, Kaili (Huddleston) Garlinger, Jared Detro, Jason Huddleston and Meghan (Detro) Kenworthy; thirty-one great grandchildren; and siblings, David Clarence Fritz (Barbara) of Greenville, Rita Mae Fritz of Greenville and Carol Marlene Fritz of Piqua.
In addition to his parents, Clifford was also preceded in death by his siblings, Loretta, Edwin, Walter, John, Annabelle, Lloyd, Donald and Robert.
He was also a farmer, a carpenter and lived his life investing in young people as church Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday school bus driver, and at the Michael’s Home in Greenville and Clear Creek Farm in Sidney.
Cliff was a neighbor to all and knew how to make everyone smile and laugh by his jokes and his deep laughter.
Most of all, he was a man who served God with all of his heart. Before he did anything, he prayed. He sought first the kingdom of God above all, and everywhere he went, he made sure to talk about Jesus.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Solid Rock Apostolic Church 8991 US 36 Bradford, OH 45308 with Pastor Matthew O’Shell and Rev. Thomas Hulsman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com