Dale John Fritz, 89, Washington, formerly of Kalona died Thursday, December 1, at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 15 at Shiloh, rural Kalona. Inurnment will be held at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.
Dale was born November 18, 1927 in Henry County, the son of Lawrence and Anna (Wagler) Fritz. Dale's family moved to Washington in 1935. As a child he sold newspapers and magazines, and mowed lawns. He attended Washington High School through 10th grade, when he went to work for Milwaukee Railroad. He joined the army in 1951, and received a hardship discharge in 1952 following his father's death. He was employed by Cargill Inc. from 1956-1974, also owned and operated Fritz Sanitation from 1974-1980. Dale worked for Nisly Sawmill near Kalona, from 1980-1987.
He was united in marriage to Nina Lavely in 1955. Nina passed in November 1956 after the birth of twin daughters. Dale later married Bonnie Jean (West) Adams on May 31, 1968, in Washington.
Dale and Bonnie moved to Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 1987 where they lived unitl July 31, 2001. He worked for Haiku Landscape Corp., and Island Plant Co., and also worked independently in landscaping maintenance. After returning to Kalona in 2001 Dale volunteered in the grounds department for 10 years at Shiloh Church where he and his wife are members.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, daughters, Bonnie (Simon) Nisly of Kalona, Connie (Dale) York of Mandan, North Dakota; one step-daughter Becky (Larry) Schuler of North Las Vegas, Nevada; and spiritual children Keli and Daryl Arita of Honolulu, Hawaii. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, two spiritual grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, sisters Gladys Dayton and Lidvil Hart of Kalona, Lorene Gilchrist and Marlene Fritz of Washington, and Betty Kuntz of Dallas, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Dale in death were his parents, first wife Nina, brother Clifford, sisters Lucille Fritz and Darlene Gaines, and one spiritual granddaughter Amber Arita.
Peterseim Funeral Home of Kalona is assisting the family with arrangements.