Frederick “Fritz” Allen Myers, 88, formerly of South Whitley, went to be with the Lord at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Courtyard Healthcare Center, Goshen where he had been a resident since July.
He was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Bippus, a son of the late Irvin R. and Almeda (Zeigler) Myers. In 1933, the family moved to Cleveland Township. He attended South Whitley High School.
On Aug. 4, 1946, he was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Bolinger. They made their home in the South Whitley area. In 2012, they moved to Goshen.
Fritz spent his work career as a farmer. At age 45, he went to work for Farmer’s Elevator at South Whitley for 20 years, retiring in 1989. In 1961, he received the Conservation Farmer Award from the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District for his conservation planning on his 160 acre farm named “Contour Acres.”
He was also recognized as Outstanding Neighborhood Soils and Crops Manager of 1959 for his efforts in raising the productivity of his land. He loved farming, fishing and spending time with his family.
His memberships included Collamer Christian Church.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 66 years, Evelyn; two daughters, Shirley (George) Dyer and Patty (Garry) Thompson both of Elkhart; four grandchildren, Shane (Kari) Dyer of Elkhart, Jenny (Doug) McGee of Beijing, China, Ryan Thompson of Denver, Colo. and Corrine Thompson (Simeon Hoover) of Elkhart; great-grandchildren, Breya Wilkens of Elkhart, Karisa Dyer of Elkhart, Eli, Enoch and Eva McGee of Beijing, China.
He was preceded in death by a brother J. Edward Myers.
The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley, with Pastor David Wagner officiating. The visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. until the service time. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Starfish Projects, Goshen or Collamer Christian Church. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com .