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Frederick D. Fitzenrider

March 5, 1939 ~ January 13, 2021 (age 81)


Frederick D. Fitzenrider, age 81, of Defiance, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021 at The Laurels of Defiance.   
He was born on March 5, 1939 to the late Vernie and Enid (Lehman) Fitzenrider in Defiance, Ohio. On March 18, 1967 he married Sharon (Lee) Fitzenrider, who survives. Fred was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Grace Episcopal Church. He worked as Plant Manager for Dinner Bell Foods in Defiance over 33 years until his retirement. He also worked as Plant Manager at Fort Wayne Foundry in Fort Wayne, IN. Fred was a huge fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. He enjoyed learning about history, model trains, being outdoor in his yard, and woodworking. He loved spending time with his family.
Fred will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Sharon Fitzenrider of Defiance, and his daughters, Jody (Bill) Budd and Michelle Blosser, all of Wauseon, Ohio. He also leaves behind five grandchildren; John and Devon Budd, and Noah, Wyatt, and Quinn Blosser, five great-grandchildren, his sister, Sue (Don) Cocke, and his brother, Gerald (Julie) Fitzenrider, all of Defiance.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Tom Fitzenrider, and sisters, Beverly Rickles and Denise Beebe.
Visitation and services will be private, with Rev. John Hagen officiating. Burial will take place at Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements. 
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