Fritz W. Wirt
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Fritz Wade Wirt, a newspaperman virtually all his life, died January 6, 2021 in Montgomery, Texas. He was 85. A former newspaper reporter, editor, publisher and journalism educator, he worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. While working in the private sector, he taught journalism classes part-time at various universities in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas.

In 2006, Fritz was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and the Midwest City High School Wall of Fame in Midwest, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen, his daughter Tobey (Richard) Scott of Big Lake, Texas, sons Robin Wirt of McLean, Virginia and Dan Wirt of Richmond, Virginia, stepdaughter Candice (Donald) Rogers of Conroe, Texas, and stepson Christopher Caldwell of McKinney, Texas; sister Janice (Bob) Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren Shannon (Andrew) Galletti of Midland, Texas, Aaron Scott of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and step-grandchildren Joey (Kati), Mason and Madison Rogers; great-grandchild Silas Galletti and two step-grandchildren Kaisley and Easton Rogers. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Faye (Flora) Wirt of MidWest City, Oklahoma.

A memorial service will be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma at a later date.

Contributions in Fritz's memory can be made to the Wirt Family Scholarship for Agricultural Communications at the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership of Oklahoma State University, 136 Agricultural Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Contributions can also be made to the Stillwater Bible Church at 7617 W. Sixth Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74074.

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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2021.
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