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Obituary: James Fritz, Florida

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James (Jim) W. Fritz, 82, of Jacksonville, FL, died at 8:50 a.m.  Monday, September 17, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center South.

Jim grew up in Linton, IN where he completed all of his schooling through high school. Jim attended college at North Texas University and Indiana University before enrolling in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After completing his service, he returned to college at Indiana State University where he completed his bachelor’s degree. In 1962, Jim joined the Cummins Engine Company, where he worked for 36 years. He retired in 1998 as the Director of Marketing Communication. His job at Cummins allowed him to embrace his love of sports car racing while also expressing his creativity in the marketing arena. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and felt very fortunate to have been able to spend so many years doing something he loved.

Jim was also an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he taught an adult Sunday school class for over 25 years. In his class, he used classic and contemporary films as a platform for the discussion of Christianity and biblical teachings. He had a great love of film, and he enjoyed sharing this passion with his students. After retiring from Cummins, Jim worked as a driving instructor at Always First Driving Academy in Columbus where he patiently helped many novice drivers learn how to drive. In addition, he engaged in a number of volunteer activities in Columbus such as reading the newspaper for visually-impaired individuals and tutoring elementary-aged children in reading. Jim was also an extremely talented pianist. In his younger years, he performed as a part of a jazz trio. Jim loved sharing his musical gift with others and continued to play the piano into his final days.

Jim is survived by his wife, Maria; two daughters, Gabrielle and Noelle; a son-in-law, Duke; and grand-daughter Laila.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Visiting hours will precede the service, beginning at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to International Medical Assistance and allocated to cover Patient Surgery Scholarships. Donations can be sent to International Medical Assistance (IMA), P.O. Box 2161, Columbus, IN 47202

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