Frederick Ernst

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FORT LORAMIE — Frederick "Fritz" R. Ernst, age 90, of Louis Street in Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence early Thursday morning, June 23, 2016.

He was born Jan. 16, 1926, in Fort Loramie, Ohio, to the late Julius and Bernadine (Wolke) Ernst. On June 6, 1953, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney, Fritz married Cleola (Frankenberg) Ernst who preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 2014.

Surviving are four children: Jacob and Mary Ernst, Ruth Ernst, Kathy Ahrns, and Mary Ellen and Joe Brandewie, all of Fort Loramie; eight grandchildren: Katie Ernst, Kim (Alan) Winner, Abby (Kelly) Houchin, Lauren Ernst, Heather, James, and Cory Brandewie, David Ahrns; and five great-grandchildren: Holdyn Bergman, Braden Ernst, Josh Winner, Kyleigh Houchin and Hoyer Vorhees; three sisters: Susie Schelnot, of Dayton, Doris Barlage, of Dayton, and Eileen Thobe, of Minster; four sisters-in-law: Rose Ernst, of Dayton, Evelyn Seger, of Fort Loramie, Delores Frankenberg, of Sidney, and Patricia Frankenberg, of Florida. He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Donald Ahrns; six siblings: Wilfred and Esther Ernst, Helen and Ambrose Broering, Jeanette and Ted Studer, Robert and Wilma Ernst, Martha and Vander Gindergriff, and Nicholas Ernst; brothers and sisters-in-law: Raymond and Helen Frankenberg, Rita and Othel Coffman, Frederick Frankenberg, Cletus and Mary Frankenberg, Cy Seger and Leroy Frankenberg.

Fritz attended the former Sherman School, on Barhorst Road, through the eighth grade. He served in the US Navy during WWII and had been stationed on the USS North Carolina. Fritz retired in 1988 from the former Ernst Aggregates in Piqua. He had been co-owner for 25 years and worked there more than 40 years in total. Fritz was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, a life member of the Fort Loramie American Legion Post #355, White Oaks, the Newport Sportsman's Club and Walk-Up Country Club. Fritz enjoyed fishing, activities at White Oaks and entertaining his grandchildren. He was also a gardener and had a knack for raising roses.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with Reverand Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery with full military honors. Friends may call Monday 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie. Memorials may be made to the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad or charity of donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Sidney Daily News from June 24 to June 25, 2016
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