Dean DeWayne Fritz, 77, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and formerly of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 9, 1939 in Marshall, Mich. to Harold and Lenora (Nott) Fritz.
Dean worked for 38 years for Dana Corporation in Columbia City and then Brentwood, Tenn. He was a devoted shepherd and sheared sheep from 1957 – 2011. He shared his love of sheep and shearing in state and county fairs and demonstrations across Indiana and Tennessee. Dean attended Family Worship Center of Murfreesboro.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Doug (Deb), Columbia City; son, Daryl (Melinda), Smyrna, Tenn.; daughter, Deonda (Mike) Jones, North Manchester; and son, Donovan, Columbia, Tenn.; twelve grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, one great grandchild, four step-great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Sue Fritz, Fort Wayne.
He was preceded in death by brothers Dick Fritz and Keith Fritz and sister Sue Elkins.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2 at Family Worship Center; 3045 Memorial Blvd; Murfreesboro, TN 37129.