James L. Fritch, 90, Jasper

James L. Fritch, 90, of Jasper, died Monday, February 17, at his home. He was born in Jasper February 22, 1929, to Albert and Otillia (Heldman) Fritch. He married Patricia Seger April 19, 1952, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Jim was a 1947 graduate of Jasper High School. He attended Georgia Tech on a scholarship. He played basketball and baseball there and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He worked in the woodworking industry as a quality control manager for DMI and retired as manager at Jasper Chemical Coatings. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, American Legion Post 147, VFW Post 673, the Jasper German Club, and the Knights of Columbus, where he was recognized as the oldest surviving 4th Degree Knight. He enjoyed playing cards, genealogy, golfing, and playing ping-pong with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Fritch; one daughter, Karen Sermersheim and husband Bill, Jasper; four sons, Mike Fritch and wife Jane, Dan Fritch and wife Sara, and Andy Fritch, all of Jasper; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Viola Grewe, and two brothers, Jerome and Paul “Whop” Fritch.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church and/or to the Maryknoll Missionaries. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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