William “Bill” Lawrence Fritsch, 64, of Stanton, ND, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on October 5, 2018. Services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, at 11:00 AM CT at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Stanton with Pastor Dennis Ristvedt officiating. Burial will be held on Friday, October 12, at the Stanton City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Bill was born on July 21, 1954, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Roscoe and Celeste Fritsch. With his dad being in the Air Force, Bill was raised in many different states. In high school he played baseball and football and always had an impressive throwing arm. He enlisted in the Army when he was 17. He actively served for two years and spent time stationed in Germany. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Minot where he began installing carpet. In Minot he met and fell in love with Annetta Peterson. They were married on October 22, 1977, in Velva, ND.
Bill and Annetta made their home in Stanton. Bill worked on the construction of the Antelope Valley Station, and eventually was hired full-time by Basin Electric. In 1980, Bill and Annetta welcomed their first child, Cara. Five years later came Cody, and in 1991 Zachary.
In 1996 Bill and Annetta welcomed their (surprise) first grandchild, Tayler, who adored her grandpa. Cara gave them three more grandchildren: Jaedyn, Maiyah and Trey. They all enjoyed spending time with grandpa and grandma at Lake Sakakawea in the summer, especially after his retirement in 2015. Bill’s children and grandchildren remember with laughter many Christmas nights playing games and giggling at his antics. When not at the lake, he enjoyed socializing over pool and darts, and until recently, hunting.
Left to share his story are wife, Annetta; children, Cara Dockter of Hazen, ND, Cody Fritsch and Zachary Fritsch both of Beulah, ND; grandchildren, Tayler (Alex) Kopp of Bismarck, ND; Jaedyn, Maiyah and Trey Dockter of Hazen; ND; great grandson, Easton Kopp; mother, Celeste Fritsch; brothers, John (Shannon) Fritsch and Ian (Ann) Challis; sisters, Maretta (Michael) Flumm, Linda (Brian) Kadrmas, Lorrie Fritsch and Renee (Shane) Ranvek; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Fritsch; his grandparents; and his in-laws Edith and Donald Peterson.
Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.