Jackie “Jack” L. Fritchtnitch, 81, of Morris, IL, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Morris. Born August 11, 1939 in Port Byron, IL, he was a son of the late Wilbur “Ike” and Gertrude (Sansale) Fritchtnitch.
Jack was raised and attended schools in Chandlerville, IL. He was baptized at Chandlerville Christian Church and graduated with the Class of 1957 from Chandlerville High School. In 1957, he was the high school’s first State Champion in vocal music. He attended Western Illinois University 1957-1958 on an academic/athletic (basketball) scholarship.
Jack proudly served our country with the United States Navy from 1958-1961. He married Karen Sue Cox in Chandlerville on September 16, 1962.
Jack owned his own filling station in 1961 and was employed with John Deere in East Moline from 1962-1967, then Equistar from 1967-1994 in Albany and Morris, Illinois. He was a resident of Morris for 51 years.
Jack spent his life caring for his family and those that had the joy to call him a friend. For many years, Jack handcrafted angels that were gifted to newborns at Morris Hospital. His life passion was sports and spending time hunting with his sons and grandsons and attending the theater with his daughter. Jack was a very warm and charming man who never knew a stranger; he would simply say, “It’s just people that I haven’t met yet.”
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Karen; children Jeffrey (Julie) Fritchtnitch of Altamont, IL, Tina (Shane) Eisenbeis of Pawcatuck, CT and Michael (Tammy) Fritchtnitch of Morris, IL; grandchildren Jerrod Fritchtnitch, Rachael (Tyler) Amholt, Caleb Fritchtnitch, Cole Borders, Lauren Eisenbeis, Hannah Eisenbeis, Haley Fritchtnitch and Abbi Fritchtnitch; and one great-grandchild James Amholt.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a Celebration of Jack’s Life. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors presented by the Morris Color Guard.
Memorials may be made in Jack’s name to a recipient of the donor’s choice.
Due to COVID-19 requirements, safe social distancing will be required, and visitors are asked to wear masks during the services.
An online guestbook has been made for the family, where you may sign the guestbook, share memories and photographs. You can access this by visiting the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL.