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Fritz Otto Stanke

Tyler, Texas

Jul 6, 1930 – May 27, 2020 (Age 89)


July 6, 1930
May 27, 2020
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Fritz Otto Stanke, 89, of Whitehouse, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Tyler.  He was born on July 6, 1930 in Pampa, Texas to Fritz H. and Opal Land Stanke.

Services will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler, with Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating.  Viewing will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Cathedral In The Pines Cemetery in Tyler. 

Fritz grew up in Dewar, Oklahoma and worked for PPG for 22 years. He was a 4 year Veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving 13 months in Korea.  He moved to Whitehouse in the early 1980s and because of his love of fishing in 1991 he purchased the "Fishing Barge"  on Lake Tyler as a retirement hobby.  He sold the business in 2010 to officially retire.  In his younger years he enjoyed  hunting and being active in his daughter's activities and later,  he enjoyed his time fishing with his grandson.  Fritz was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and remained an active member until his health declined.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Ruth Stanke in 2008.

He is survived by his daughter, Renee McElroy of Whitehouse; brothers, Donald Stanke of Salina, Oklahoma  and Claude Stanke of Schulter, Oklahoma; sisters, Virginia Osburn of Blackwater, Virginia and Priscilla McGuire of Tonitown, Arkansas; grandson, Tim Scullawl of Whitehouse and great-granddaughter, Heather Scullawl of Tyler.

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In loving memory of a wonderful uncle. I will love you and miss you always.

Thank you for all the great advice and acceptance. You brought joy to many!

He was a great uncle to my late husband and myself. I loved him and he will be missed.

Many prayers to you and your family.

Fritz was my Sunday School teacher at the Schulter Baptist Church about 1958, when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I remember him as a devoted Christian man who had a special interest in classroom of young kids. He made a positive impact on my life and I have thought of him many times over the more than sixty years. RIP.

I hold precious memories of Uncle Buddy and Aunt Opal Ruth. They were so kind and gentle. With love from Dolores (Dodie) Stanke Syfert

Uncle Buddy was the nicest persons you could meet. As far back that I can remember I never heard a foul word or mean thing come out of his mouth. I have lots of regrets in my life and one of the biggest is not spending more time with him or his brothers and sisters. I am very sorry that I wont be able to make it to the service.

Fritz was a very sweet and humble person enjoyed fishing when he owned the barge my condolences to the family Pamela Wilson