Earl “Tiny” R. Fritzke
Stoughton- Earl “Tiny” Fritzke, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Stoughton of natural causes on September 3, 2013.
Tiny, as he was always known, lived a very full life. He was a husband, father and carpenter, touching hundreds of lives along the way. Tiny was born on September 5, 1931 to Paul and Ada (Mohr) Fritzke of Edgerton. He graduated from Edgerton High School in 1949 and served in the Army Company “C” 84th Engineer Construction Battalion from 1951 to 1953. Tiny was united in marriage to Berdette E. Wiesspfenning from Elroy. On April 24, 1970 their beloved son, David J. Fritzke, was born. David was the love of their lives and the three of them made many a journey around the country in their camper truck. After Berdette’s passing in 1996, Tiny and David continued to travel the U.S. and overseas to Taiwan and Korea. They were an inseparable pair until the unexpected passing of David in 2008.
After his release from the army in 1953 Tiny continued his career in the building trades, teaming with Ralph Bradley from Edgerton and later with Doug Stolen, working through the lumber yard in Stoughton. In 1965, the three of them started BFS Corp. of Stoughton. BFS thrived, becoming a premier building company. In 1979 Doug bought out Ralph and Tiny. Tiny then began a long legacy of coordinating and constructing many projects for the expanding Stoughton Trailers operation. He was in charge of major building projects in Stoughton, Evansville and Brodhead.
Tiny will always be remembered by the way he was truly interested in people’s lives. Many young carpenters will cherish the mentoring and training Tiny provided. He cut a wide path, always taking time to share a little story or laugh a little as he joked with many. Tiny loved to travel around, checking in with the many places where friends were. He always had advice for the young people and showed us all how to be a wonderful friend. Tiny’s smile and his booming laugh will be missed by many.
Tiny is survived by a sister, June; cousins; and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son; and sister, Ethel Mae Geske.
Funeral services will be held at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Cress Funeral Home in Stoughton. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until the time of services Tuesday. Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Elroy.
Special thanks to Sandy Thompson, Kelly Buss, Deb Schiefelbein, Dawn Gunsolus, Cindy Barber, Lori Duane, Dawn Killian and Mia Martin, for the special love and care they provided Tiny that allowed him to stay at home in the later years.
We will all be left with a hole in our hearts, but with many stories to share. To a carpenter finally at rest we will miss you. Rest in Peace our beloved, “Tiny.”
ress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
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