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3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Richard Fritz

October 28, 1927March 8, 2020
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Richard Joseph “Dick” Fritz was born in Victoria on October 28, 1927, the devoted son of Mary A. and Richard C. Fritz of South Bridge Street and eldest brother to Father Louis Fritz, Albert Fritz, and Sister Mary Theresa Fritz. With the support and assistance of the Catholic Church, he attended St. Joseph Catholic School from first grade until his graduation in 1944. He went on to earn a degree in Chemistry from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and obtained a position with Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. While employed full time, he attended South Texas College of Law and, in 1959, received his law degree. He continued his work in chemical engineering at Johns Manville, Girdler Catalyst, Calsicat Chemical and Mallinckrodt until his retirement in 1989. In 1952, Richard married Barbara Allen Hughes, a public relations consultant from Palestine, Texas who was then living in New York City. They resided in Houston where their two children, Catherine and Maranda, were raised, and where Richard was constantly outnumbered by the difficult females in his family. Much to his surprise and pleasure, his daughters performed well academically, with both girls eventually obtaining degrees from Rice University. His eldest, Catherine, pursued a further degree in psychology at UCLA and has been teaching cognitive psychology at Lancaster University and other institutions in the United Kingdom. His younger daughter obtained a law degree at Tulane University School of Law and has practiced law in New York City for more than thirty years where she lives with her son, August. Richard also fully supported his wife Barbara’s lifelong desire to obtain further education, enduring a hectic home as his wife and his daughter attended college at the same time. After obtaining her degree from University of Houston, Barbara decided to study law and, in 1978, received her law degree. Because Richard had wanted to return to Victoria to be nearer to his family, Barbara and Richard then moved to Victoria where they established the law firm of Fritz & Fritz. Barbara was later appointed as a judge, overseeing family law matters across nine counties in South Texas. She continued in that position until her death in 1998. Richard was then fortunate, in 2000, to resume his contact with Jacqueline James Cravey whom he had known decades earlier. Richard and Jacqueline were married in 2002, and Richard became not only the beloved husband to Jacqueline but also a cherished member of her family, sons James Paul Cravey and Jeffrey Michael Cravey and daughter Carissa Cravey Platt, and a loving step grandfather and great-grandfather to their children. Richard was a strong and unwavering son, father and husband. As a teenager, and throughout his life, he worked tirelessly and selflessly to support his parents, lend aid to his siblings, and provide for his family. At times, he worked multiple jobs to attain the education that would enable him to succeed in business and better care for his family. Those who survive him are eternally grateful to him for his love and support. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, and his brother, Louis. Richard is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and her family, Carissa Cravey and L. Stuart Platt of Lorton, Virginia, James Paul and Cheryl Cravey of Richwood, Jeffrey Michael and Cindy Cravey of Bellaire, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Albert Fritz of Aztec, New Mexico, his sister Sister Mary Theresa Fritz of San Antonio, his daughter and son-in-law Catherine Fritz and Peter Morris of Paignton, England, his daughter Maranda Fritz and her son August Charles of New York and Connecticut, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation is Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 1-1:30 PM with a rosary to be recited at 1:30 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2 PM with Rev. Kristopher Fuchs officiating. Burial to immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph High School in Victoria, Texas. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard C. Fritz, father (deceased)
  • Mary A. Fritz, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara Allen Hughes, First Wife (deceased)
  • Jacqueline Fritz, Wife
  • Albert Fritz, Brother
  • Father Louis Fritz, Brother (deceased)
  • Sister Mary Theresa Fritz, Sister
  • Catherine Fritz and husband Peter Morris, Daughter
  • Maranda Fritz, Daughter
  • Carissa Cravey and L. Stuart Platt, Step-daughter and spouse
  • James Paul and Cheryl Cravey, Step-Son and Spouse
  • Jeffrey Michael and Cindy Cravey, Step-Son and Spouse
  • August Charles, Grandson
  • Dick also leaves behind six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Rosary Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Burial Thursday, March 12, 2020

Memories

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JoAnne Scholes

March 12, 2020

Dear Sister Mary Theresa , Prayers and Sympathy for you, dear friend and Sister at the passing of your brother, Richard. 🙏❤️🌹 God’s Many Blessings to help you🙏🌹.
Forever Remembered🙏 Forever Love❤️🌹

Catherine Fritz

March 12, 2020

Sometimes Dad struggled a bit with having daughters - especially the two he had! Even so, he was always proud of whatever we accomplished and went out of his way to share our lives as adults. After Mother died, he came to England for a couple of weeks to get a glimpse of my life with my husband, Peter, and the England that had become my home. Dad was an excellent traveler - having traveled for much of his life in business - and a dedicated sightseer. We rented a Ford Galaxy and traveled around England with the three of us, as well as the dog (Nicky, who appears in one of the family photos), and the cat. Dad clearly enjoyed the variety of places and much of the history, architecture and natural history across much of England - so different from our homes in Texas and Kentucky. It was a special time together; we are so glad that we had it.
Dad's very thoughtful gift of Texas Highways magazine each year was a great way of bringing a bit of Texas into our lives here in England. It is a way that he touched our lives and will continue to do so.
It was very wonderful to visit Dad this January. Although he was not very well at the time, he was happy to see us and we all enjoyed playing Skip Bo.

Judy Nelson

March 11, 2020

Some years back I worked for John George and that's when I first met Dick. I enjoyed talking computers with him and loved his humor and wit.

Joye Tripson

March 10, 2020

My special memory is of visiting with Dick in the hospital. I would always say that I had come to visit from the church. He would ask, "which one"? He would let me know he wasn't a Methodist, but Catholic. I loved sharing the love of Christ with him and praying with him when leaving. He will be missed.
Joye Tripson
First United Methodist Church, Victoria, TX

Michael Biehunko

March 10, 2020

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels until I retired in 2016. I had the pleasure of knowing both Barbara and Richard (Dick) Fritz. When Barbara passed away I was there for Dick to handle his wife's arrangements. He was such a pleasure to work. I saw Dick at the Post Office every morning we always stopped and spoke. I always enjoyed talking to him.
As the years passed we all went our separate ways but I will always remember both the Honorable Barbara Fritz and Dick. These were two fine people. May god bless the entire family.

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Biography

Richard Joseph “Dick” Fritz was born in Victoria on October 28, 1927, the devoted son of Mary A. and Richard C. Fritz of South Bridge Street and eldest brother to Father Louis Fritz, Albert Fritz, and Sister Mary Theresa Fritz. With the support and assistance of the Catholic Church, he attended St. Joseph Catholic School from first grade until his graduation in 1944. He went on to earn a degree in Chemistry from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and obtained a position with Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. While employed full time, he attended South Texas College of Law and, in 1959, received his law degree. He continued his work in chemical engineering at Johns Manville, Girdler Catalyst, Calsicat Chemical and Mallinckrodt until his retirement in 1989.
In 1952, Richard married Barbara Allen Hughes, a public relations consultant from Palestine, Texas who was then living in New York City. They resided in Houston where their two children, Catherine and Maranda, were raised, and where Richard was constantly outnumbered by the difficult females in his family. Much to his surprise and pleasure, his daughters performed well academically, with both girls eventually obtaining degrees from Rice University. His eldest, Catherine, pursued a further degree in psychology at UCLA and has been teaching cognitive psychology at Lancaster University and other institutions in the United Kingdom. His younger daughter obtained a law degree at Tulane University School of Law and has practiced law in New York City for more than thirty years where she lives with her son, August.
Richard also fully supported his wife Barbara’s lifelong desire to obtain further education, enduring a hectic home as his wife and his daughter attended college at the same time. After obtaining her degree from University of Houston, Barbara decided to study law and, in 1978, received her law degree.
Because Richard had wanted to return to Victoria to be nearer to his family, Barbara and Richard then moved to Victoria where they established the law firm of Fritz & Fritz. Barbara was later appointed as a judge, overseeing family law matters across nine counties in South Texas. She continued in that position until her death in 1998.
Richard was then fortunate, in 2000, to resume his contact with Jacqueline James Cravey whom he had known decades earlier. Richard and Jacqueline were married in 2002, and Richard became not only the beloved husband to Jacqueline but also a cherished member of her family, sons James Paul Cravey and Jeffrey Michael Cravey and daughter Carissa Cravey Platt, and a loving step grandfather and great-grandfather to their children.
Richard was a strong and unwavering son, father and husband. As a teenager, and throughout his life, he worked tirelessly and selflessly to support his parents, lend aid to his siblings, and provide for his family. At times, he worked multiple jobs to attain the education that would enable him to succeed in business and better care for his family. Those who survive him are eternally grateful to him for his love and support.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, and his brother, Louis. Richard is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and her family, Carissa Cravey and L. Stuart Platt of Lorton, Virginia, James Paul and Cheryl Cravey of Richwood, Jeffrey Michael and Cindy Cravey of Bellaire, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Albert Fritz of Aztec, New Mexico, his sister Sister Mary Theresa Fritz of San Antonio, his daughter and son-in-law Catherine Fritz and Peter Morris of Paignton, England, his daughter Maranda Fritz and her son August Charles of New York and Connecticut, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation is Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 1-1:30 PM with a rosary to be recited at 1:30 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2 PM with Rev. Kristopher Fuchs officiating. Burial to immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph High School in Victoria, Texas.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.