Theodore C. "Ted" Fritcher, age 72, of Storm Lake died Saturday, June 29, 2002 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake with the Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery with full military honors by Amvets Post #66.
Friends may call on Tuesday after 3 p.m. at the Fratzke and Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake where the family will be present to greet friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a Masonic Memorial Service at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to a memorial fund that has been established.
Theodore Clifford Fritcher was born May 15, 1930 at Storm Lake, the son of Charles Clifford and Vera Jean (Sommerbelle) Fritcher. He graduated from Storm Lake High School with the class of 1947 and received a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1951.
On September 8, 1951 he was married to Doris Horslund of Waterloo. They returned to Storm Lake in 1953 where they lived and raised their six children.
Ted's military service began in 1947 with the Iowa National Guard at Storm Lake and he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in 1951. He was called to active duty in 1952-53 during the Korean War including a five-month tour of duty in Korea as a platoon leader and company commander with the 3rd Infantry Division. In January of 1954 he returned to active duty status in the Army Reserve and in 1960 transferred to the Iowa Army National Guard. He was commanding officer of guard units in Storm Lake, Ida Grove, Cherokee and Mapleton and retired as a Captain in 1967 after
18 years of service.
His civic interests and memberships have included the Kiwanis Club, Storm Lake Jaycees, president in 1956; Storm Lake Community Chest, two years as chairman; a long time member of the Storm Lake Elks Lodge and he was a member and secretary of the Storm Lake Planning and Zoning Commission for seven years. Ted served as president of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce in 1970; president of the Storm Lake Shrine Club 1966-67; he served on the Storm Lake City Council for seven years and also on the Buena Vista County Landfill Commission for eight years, six years as chairman.
He was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Jewel Masonic Lodge #309, and Abu Bekr Shrine of Sioux City.
Ted joined Fritcher Abstract Company in January of 1954 as owner and operator until 1981 when he sold the business to Candice Galbraith. He also had other business interests in real estate, insurance, investments, farm management, tax advisor and accounting. Ted enjoyed boating, reading, music, collecting and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, Storm Lake; six children: Sue Ann Fritcher, Storm Lake, James C. Fritcher and his wife, Sara, Scottsdale, AZ, Scott R. Fritcher and his wife, Teri, Spirit Lake, Kay Wessling and her husband, Bill, Prairie Du Chien, WI, Patricia Rosdail and her husband, Max, Vermillion, SD. and Connie Bogenhagen and her husband, Doug, Papillion, NE. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and a sister, M.J. Metzler, Salt Lake City, UT.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents.