American Veteran 01

Eric Fritz

February 7, 2024 (age 53) 53 Years Old


With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, Eric George Fritz (age 53), of Pickerington, who passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at his home. Born February 27, 1970, in Columbus, he was a 1988 graduate of Westerville North and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He is survived by his wife, Kristin Fritz; son, Zachary Fritz, Columbus; daughter, Chloe Fritz, Columbus; stepdaughter, Kiara Schmidt, Pickerington; parents, Walter and Carol Fritz, Westerville; brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Leslie Fritz, Worthington; niece, Lyndsi Fritz; and nephew, Carson Fritz. Along with their cherished fur-babies: Mr. Kitty, Lily, Charlie and Maverick. 

He leaves behind a legacy of adventure, passion, and unwavering love for his family and country.

Born with a wild heart and a love for the great outdoors, Eric lived a life filled with boundless exploration and cherished moments amidst nature's beauty. As an avid fisherman, hunter, and boatman, he found solace and joy in the vast expanses of Lake Erie, where he spent countless hours casting lines, tracking game, and navigating the waters with a spirit of adventure that knew no bounds.

A proud U.S. Army Reserve Veteran, Eric served his country with honor and dedication, embodying the values of courage, loyalty, and devotion. His unwavering commitment to his country's ideals was evident in every aspect of his life.

Beyond his military service, Eric was known for his craftsmanship and handiness. A true handyman, he could fix anything, using his skills to mend broken things, leaving a mark of his ingenuity and resourcefulness on everything he touched.

Yet, amidst his rugged pursuits and practical skills, Eric was also a man of profound pride and dignity, living life with the spirit of a true cowboy—fearless, independent, and steadfast in his beliefs.

Though his physical presence may be gone, the memories of Eric's laughter, enthusiasm, and adventurous spirit will forever linger in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He leaves behind a legacy of passion, courage, and boundless exploration, inspiring all who knew him to live life with the same hunger and zest that he embraced every day.

In the arms of nature, amidst the tranquil waters of Lake Erie, may Eric find eternal peace and serenity, forever surrounded by the beauty he so dearly cherished.

He will be missed and remembered by all who knew him.

Rest in peace and tight lines…


The family will receive friends 1pm-4 pm Saturday, February 17th at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 550 Hill Rd N (St. Rt. #256), Pickerington. 

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project ( in Eric’s memory. 


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