ASHLAND - Fredrick Vernon "Fritz" Blau, 92, died May 15, 2011, at Ashland Long Term Care Center, Ashland, Kan. Fritz was born April 6, 1919, in Logan County, Augustine Township, the second son of Louie and Julia Rubottom Blau.
He was a farmer/stockman and had been a Clark County resident since 1949, moving from Logan County, Kansas. Fritz was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Enterprise for thirty-one months. Honorably discharged Nov. 4, 1945, he returned to Logan County, Kan., to begin farming.
On June 20, 1948, Fritz married Marilla Alford at Mullinville, Kan. They moved to Clark County in 1949. She preceded him in death in 1998. Fritz moved to Hill Top Assisted Living, Bucklin, Kan., in Oct. of 2008. Fritz was a member of VFW, serving four terms as commander of Post 7770 in Ashland, served on the ASCS committee, and member of Farm Bureau serving one year as president, and was an active participant of the Mullinville United Methodist Church. In 1970 they received the Bankers Award for Soil conservation practices, and in 1971 Fritz was chosen as an Outstanding Farmer of America. For years Fritz and Marilla raised registered Herford and Simmental Cattle. They were active in a performance testing program and received recognition for their top gaining cattle. Fritz is survived by a brother, Charles, and wife Joyce Blau of Marienthal, Kan.; dear friends and partners, Danny and Kay Rich of Ashland; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded by three brothers, Martin, Hale and John Blau.
Funeral Services and celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the Mullinville United Methodist Church with Pastors Scott Rose and Jim Sutherland officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Mullinville. Visitation will be Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Pat Rich Memorial for children in need, VFW Post 7770, Ashland or the donor's choice in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main St., Greensburg, KS, 67054.
Obituary courtesy of the Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas.