James Wayne Fritz

August 7, 1944April 29, 2021

James Wayne Fritz, age 76, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Jim was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 7 August 1944, the eldest son of the late Richard and Alice Fritz. Raised to work hard and never quit until the job is done, Jim graduated from Huntertown High School in 1962. Jim worked as plant manager at Sohigro, taught civil engineering labs at Tristate University in Angola, Indiana and physics labs at Grand Rapids Community College, and served the Grandville school district in food services. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served in the youth organization and served as the youth DJ for many years. As a Wood Badge Scoutmaster for more than 25 years, and a member of the Order of the Arrow, James served to teach and raise hundreds of Boy Scouts.

Jim and his wife of 53 years, Jeannie, raised four sons: James Wayne II, Jeremy Wade (Brooke), Johnathan Willian (Janelle), and Jason Warren (Kate) in Angola Indiana, and Grand Rapids Michigan. He will be remembered by his wife, sons, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild as a hardworking father with a heart of gold and the hugs of a grizzly. The JWF clan will miss you greatly.

A Memorial Celebration of Jim’s Life will take place in the near future, with time and date to be determined. In honor of Jim and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Pegge Krepps

May 4, 2021

The Krepps family would like to send our sincere condolences to Jeanie, Jason, Kate, Sam and Toby. Our families have been connected through Grandville sports and schools for many years. Jim always had a smile on his face and a firm handshake. Good memories are so comforting. Sending hugs. ❤️

Tiffany King

May 3, 2021

We never know what the next day holds. The loss of uncle Jim was truly awful to his family and friends. So many memories as a child when we got together. He will be missed. Tiffany Fritz-King and Family

Kristina Beverly

May 2, 2021

Sorry for your loss. I will always remember & treasure the time I got to spend with Uncle Jim & Aunt Jeannie at there home in Michigan. Sending prayers & love to Aunt Jeannie, the boys & there family's.

Love always!!
Kristina Ott Beverly

Joe Fritz

May 1, 2021

Our hearts are breaking along with yours. We are often reminded of Jim’s big smile and good times we’ve shared together. Keeping you all in our prayers ♥️

Tamy Fritz-McKillip

April 30, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Jim’s passing. You are all in my prayers
Love ,