OBITUARY

Fritz "Pop" Alfred Ihnfeldt

January 25, 1922July 9, 2018
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Fritz "Pop" Alfred Ihnfeldt was born on January 25, 1922 in Lorenzo, Texas and passed away on July 9, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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  • Visitation Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Biography

Fritz "Pop" was born in 1922 in a farmhouse north of Lorenzo, Texas to William Fredrick Ihnfeldt and Adele Schluter Ihnfeldt. In 1924,his parents moved to a farm 5 miles east of Ralls, Texas and lived there the rest of their lives. He has one younger sister, Freda Marie Parker, who still lives at Crosbyton, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene, after 66 years of marriage. He is survived by his son Ronald, whose wife is Mary, and their 2 adult children: daughter Robin, son Scott, and their families.
Fritz went to school at Ralls, Texas until 9th grade, and left to work a family farm at age 16. On May 20, 1942, he married Katie Arlene Webb. On March 30, 1943, his parents paid $8000 for the farm near Ralls, and Ron was born in the parent's home at 4pm that same day. On September 14, 1944, Fritz received his draft notice, so he build a small house on the Ihnfeldt property for his wife Arlene, and son Ron, and entered the Army in November.
Fritz received basic training at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, California, and was first sent by ship to France, then by truck to Mannheim, Germany. The ship was converted from civilian to military use, and did not have enough room for all the solders, so wooden quarters were made on the decks. After 2 nights, a wave destroyed those quarters and took all his extra clothes, so they had to double up regular quarters and take turns.
Fritz also served 6 months in the Philippines, where they established a camp about 10 miles from shore. His job later was jeep driver for the general and officers. He was honorably discharged in 1946, and returned home to Ralls, Texas. He soon found there was no farm available there, so he and Arlene and Ron moved to a farm north of Holly, Colorado. They worked 7 different farms and he also worked at the local alfalfa mill for several years. In those days he was a "Mans Man" and could work all day in the fields, digging post holes by hand, loading railroad boxcars, and stacking hay bales of 70+ pounds each! He operated Granada Mobil Service for about 3 yeas. In 1959, they bought a home in Holly, and he worked as a Chevy mechanic for Donahoe Motor Co.
In May 1965, they moved to Security, Colorado, where he worked as a mechanic for Widefield Conoco. Later that month a flood started in Denver and went down the Arkansas Valley through Holly and ruined their prior home. Luckily they had left just in time. Fritz later worked at Security Conoco, until retirement in February 1997. He received an award from Conoco for 35 years of service.
Fritz loved fishing, and spent much of his free time with friends and Ron at lakes and rivers around Colorado. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and also loved his neighbors and friends. He attended the local senior center daily for many years. There is a brick with his name on the Wall of Honor in Fountain, Colorado. He lived a good and full life and will be missed by all.