Fritz Kiel died peacefully May 22, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 78.
Fritz was born on Sept. 27, 1938, in Columbus, Indiana, to Herbert and Julana Kiel. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1956 and attended Purdue University. He married Sylvia (Smith) Kiel in 1959 and together they had four children.
Fritz retired as president of Repp and Mundt Construction Company in 2009 after 50 years of employment. He was involved in the construction of many of Columbus’ architecturally renowned buildings, including North Christian Church, Columbus Fire Station One and Northside Middle School.
He loved spending time with friends and family, and he especially enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved NASCAR and IndyCar racing; he attended over 40 Indianapolis 500’s.
He collected die cast cars, airplanes and cranes. Fritz was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Fritz is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Kiel; children, Kip (Aleta) Kiel, Pat (Becky) Kiel and Jenny (Scott) Hollinger; grandchildren, Brittany (Peter) Davis, Taylor (Gurpartap) Gill, Craig, Brandon, Drew, Dusty and Gunner Kiel, Madison, Morgan and Mia Hollinger, and Jessica and Brittany DeHart; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shari Kohne.
Fritz is preceded in death by his son, Blair; and parents, Herbert and Julana Kiel.
The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at Barkes, Weaver and Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Howard Boles officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour.
Memorial contributions may be given to The Neurosurgery Foundation at Goodman Campbell or St. Vincent Hospice.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Kiel family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.