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John 'Jack' Fritcher -- Lime Springs, Iowa

LIME SPRINGS, Iowa -- John "Jack" Fritcher, 88, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died Monday (Nov. 21, 2005) at the Riceville (Iowa) Community Rest Home.

John Wells Fritcher was born Sept. 14, 1917, in rural Mitchell County, Iowa, and attended grade school in Mitchell. On April 14, 1940, he married Ruth T. Loden in Northwood, Iowa. In 1942, they moved to Howard County, where they farmed. He was a mechanic at Lubbert's Implement in Saratoga for many years, and they eventually moved to the acreage near Saratoga. He enjoyed working on old farm equipment, collecting antique engines, auctions, attending parades and steam engine shows in the summer and watching wildlife.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, John E. "Butch" (Beverly) and Robert J. "Pete," both of Lime Springs; two daughters, Jo Ann (Dennis) Fox of Rochester and Janet (LeRoy) Dahlke of Riceville; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Tom of Lime Springs. He was preceded in death by two daughters, a brother and a half sister.

The funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Riceville. The Rev. Dan Christensen officiated. Burial was in Saratoga Cemetery in Saratoga.

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