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Kraft Funeral Service & Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park

2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN

OBITUARY

James "Uncle Jim" Kenneth Fetz

February 7, 1941May 15, 2020
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James Kenneth “Uncle Jim” Fetz, 79, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020. He was born February 7, 1941 to the late James Norman and Ruth Virginia (Lee) Fetz. Uncle Jim was born in Jeffersonville and raised in New Albany. The Fetz family members are very close with Uncle Jim being the center and the glue that held everything together. In his younger years, he attended Joseph Rauch workshop and for the past 9 years he was a client of Volunteers of America. He shared a home with Allen Walts and Tim LaDuke and was cared for by the loving staff of V.O. A. He loved many family party’s and gatherings with Uncle’s Day, Derby Day, Christmas and of course his birthday being some of his favorites. Jim loved America and was Red, White and Blue through and through. He loved the U.S. Military and everyone who wore a uniform of every branch. Jim was a collector of photos of all the U.S. Presidents and could identify each and every one in detail. He enjoyed a trip to Mt. Rushmore and trips to the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. He loved old time cars, old time baseball, baseball cards and was noted for his vast collection of hats. “Uncle” Jim never met a stranger and loved to shake hands and say “hi” to everyone he met. Every Wednesday, he enjoyed lunch with his siblings and some cousins at Daisy’s in New Albany. “Uncle Jim” will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by five Siblings; Maurice H. Fetz, Carolyn A. Ala, Louis A. “Tony” Fetz (Judy), Jinny Sklodoski (Terry) and Gary M. Fetz (Charlene); caregiver, Laurie Striegel; five nephews; six nieces; ten great-nephews; nine great-nieces; two great-great nieces and five great-great nephews and Uncle Jim’s special niece, “Little Bit” Natalie.

Drive through visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road with private funeral service and burial in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park. Funeral Service to be on Facebook Live at 2:00 pm on Wednesday on Kraft Funeral Facebook page: htps://facebook.com/KraftFuneral/

All expressions of sympathy to: MidStates Volunteers of America, 2676 Charlestown Rd. New Albany, Indiana 47150 (https://www.voamid.org/).

You are invited to reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences on our website at www.kraftfs.com.

Services

  • Drive Through Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Private Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Private Burial

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Memories

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Sarah Elmore

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Shawn Fetz

May 17, 2020

As a kid, when we visited Jim we enjoyed watching Westerns, especially John Wayne movies, on TV. I probably would never have sat down and watched one but it was special to enjoy that time with him!

Uncle Jim you will be missed!
Love, Shawn and family.

Nancy Williams

May 16, 2020

Uncle Jim had the heart of an Angel , now he has the wings to match. He always loved deeply. Uncle Jim you will be missed. I am thankful that you have become Little Bit's Guardian Angel.

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Biography

James Kenneth “Uncle Jim” Fetz, 79, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020. He was born February 7, 1941 to the late James Norman and Ruth Virginia (Lee) Fetz. Uncle Jim was born in Jeffersonville and raised in New Albany. The Fetz family members are very close with Uncle Jim being the center and the glue that held everything together. In his younger years, he attended Joseph Rauch workshop and for the past 9 years he was a client of Volunteers of America. He shared a home with Allen Walts and Tim LaDuke and was cared for by the loving staff of V.O. A. He loved many family party’s and gatherings with Uncle’s Day, Derby Day, Christmas and of course his birthday being some of his favorites. Jim loved America and was Red, White and Blue through and through. He loved the U.S. Military and everyone who wore a uniform of every branch. Jim was a collector of photos of all the U.S. Presidents and could identify each and every one in detail. He enjoyed a trip to Mt. Rushmore and trips to the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. He loved old time cars, old time baseball, baseball cards and was noted for his vast collection of hats. “Uncle” Jim never met a stranger and loved to shake hands and say “hi” to everyone he met. Every Wednesday, he enjoyed lunch with his siblings and some cousins at Daisy’s in New Albany. “Uncle Jim” will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family and many friends.


He is survived by five Siblings; Maurice H. Fetz, Carolyn A. Ala, Louis A. “Tony” Fetz (Judy), Jinny Sklodoski (Terry) and Gary M. Fetz (Charlene); caregiver, Laurie Striegel; five nephews; six nieces; ten great-nephews; nine great-nieces; two great-great nieces and five great-great nephews and Uncle Jim’s special niece, “Little Bit” Natalie.


Drive through visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road with private funeral service and burial in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park. Funeral Service to be on Facebook Live at 2:00 pm on Wednesday on Kraft Funeral Facebook page: htps://facebook.com/KraftFuneral/

All expressions of sympathy to: MidStates Volunteers of America, 2676 Charlestown Rd. New Albany, Indiana 47150 (https://www.voamid.org/).

You are invited to reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences on our website at www.kraftfs.com.

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