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Gary Eugene Fratz, 78, of Accident, died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 4, 1939, in Accident, he was the youngest of the late Walter H. and Anna V. (Bittinger) Fratz's nine children. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Accident.
Gary graduated from Northern High School in 1956. He married Kathleen Beachy Emory on Aug. 2, 1958.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Kendra Getaz and husband, Jim, of Winchester, Va., Greg Fratz and wife, Lisa, of Accident, Christy Zucco and husband, Scott, of Glenwood, and Brent Fratz and wife, Joy, of Accident; nine grandchildren, Jodi Wilson and husband, Ricky, Jessie Carr and husband, Chad, Christina, Maggie and Kathleen Getaz, Taylor and Blake Zucco, and Annie and Emily Fratz; and two great-granddaughters, Reeslynn and Brooklyn Wilson. He looked forward to meeting his third great-granddaughter, Finley Carr, in June. He is also survived by his brother, Allen Fratz, Accident; and a nephew and niece, who were part of his family, Seth Fratz, wife Jessica and son, Clinton, of Accident, and Kelley Grove and husband, Ken, of Friendsville; along with several cousins and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jordan Fratz; four sisters, June Wilt, Hazel Wright, Wilma Edwards and Martha Leese; and three brothers, Donald, Robert and Wayne Fratz.
Through the years, Gary was active at Zion Lutheran Church. He served as a trustee of Garrett College and in county government. He was active with Garrett County and Maryland State Farm Bureau. Gary served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961.
He retired from Harbison-Walker in 1994 and enjoyed his retirement doing what he loved most, farming the land where he and Kate lived for nearly 54 years and raised their family. He loved the land and the animals and shared this love with his children and grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 26722 Garrett Highway, McHenry (Accident), on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Services will be conducted in the Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. James A. Oester officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services.
Interment will be in the Zion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 28, 2017
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