Frederick Ledbetter (1952 - 2017)

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Frederick "Fritz" or "Rick" Ledbetter passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 30, 2017, at his home in San Antonio, Texas. He was 65 and enjoyed a full, active life. He was a loving father and friend.
Rick was born on Feb. 28, 1952, in Anchorage, in the Territory of Alaska, to Mary Lou and Lionel Tietze. When he was 2 1/2, his father died in an airplane accident, and his mother remarried soon thereafter to Charles Ledbetter. Rick and his brother Norman were adopted by Charlie, taking his name and calling him Dad. Soon baby sister Priscilla arrived to complete the family, with Rick as the oldest of three.
Rick spent his childhood in Anchorage, graduating from West High School in 1970. He then attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he made many lifelong friends. At Dartmouth he was a brother in Theta Delta Chi fraternity and was tapped to join the Sphinx Senior Society. After Dartmouth, he earned a law degree at the University of New Mexico. Upon graduating, Rick returned to Anchorage to practice law. There he met and married Rebecca Smith. They had two lovely children together: Andrew and Brooke. In 1990, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio, Rick left the practice of law and worked in real estate management.
Rick had many hobbies and interests. He loved music, live as well as recorded, and playing guitar on one of his many guitars. He enjoyed participating in and watching all types of sports, especially football and basketball. He was constantly reading and learning all that he could. He also greatly enjoyed his work at the Bexar County Assessor's office.
Recent years and months have been among the happiest for Rick. Six weeks before his death, he saw the birth of granddaughter, Georgia, to his daughter Brooke and her husband Luke Hugman. Just two days before his death, he saw the marriage of his son, Andrew, to Julie Sotelo. For 2 1/2 years before his death, he had a strong, loving relationship with Belinda Charles with plans to marry. At the time of his death, life was very good for Rick.
Rick is survived by his son, Andrew (Julie Sotelo) of Austin, Texas; daughter, Brooke (Luke) Hugman and granddaughter Georgia; mother, Mary Lou Ledbetter of Mercer Island, Wash.; brother, Norman (Catherine) of Seattle, Wash.; and sister, Priscilla Padgett (Charles) of Mercer Island. He will be missed by many friends in Anchorage and San Antonio.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Porter Loring Mortuary North, with funeral service to follow at 12 p.m., Father Leo Perez will officiate. Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park North.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the . You are invited to sign the Guestbook at
Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232; 210-495-8221.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 8, 2017
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