FRAZEE - Funeral services for Fredric "Fritz" Schuler, 84, of Frazee, Minn., formerly of Wahpeton, N.D., will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Vukku Lutheran Church in Foxhome, with Pastor John Andrews officiating. Interment will be in Vukku Lutheran Cemetery, Foxhome, Minn.
Fritz died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Perham Health, Perham, Minn. Visitation will be 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, with a prayer service 7 p.m. at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge.
Fredric Charles Schuler was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Welcome, Minn., to Asa Jay "A.J." and Mabel (Raforth) Schuler. He attended school in Welcome, graduating in 1946. On Oct. 6, 1946, Fritz was united in marriage to the love of his life, Maxine DeBus in Spafford, Minn. He started a career that combined business and agriculture by building the fertilizer plant in Campbell, Minn., and he also did some farming with his dad. In 1952, he moved his family to a farm in rural Campbell, where he raised livestock and farmed small grains. Eventually, he sold the Campbell Fertilizer Plant and his livestock but continued grain farming. He retired from farming in 1973 and moved to Wahpeton in 1976. Conservation was very important to Fritz and was referred to as the "Johnny Appleseed" of tree planting. As an avid collector, Fritz was proud of his extensive coin and stamp collection. Many fond memories were made on the hunting and fishing trips with his sons and friends. From 1968 to 1999, Fritz and Maxine were snowbirds to Mesa, Ariz. He was an active member of Vukku Lutheran Church, the El Zagel Shriners, Masons, Eastern Star, the Bois de Sioux Golf Club, and he served on the Campbell School Board for several years.
Fritz is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine; his sons, Gary (Pam) Schuler of Moorhead, Minn., and their children Todd (Jeannine) Schuler and Jenny (Dain) Miller, and Gregg (Judy) Schuler of Fargo, N.D., and their son, Ryan (Summer Gutknecht); his daughter-in-law, Darlene Schuler of Wahpeton, N.D., and her children Chad Schuler, Nathan (Heather) Schuler, Eric Schuler (sons of Mick); and grandchildren, Amanda (Jon) Brazil (daughter of Tonya) and Nicole Slavik (daughter of Marc); 13 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild; his sisters Ione (Duane) Ringhand, Anita Eichorst, and Joan (Ralph) Lehman.
Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Marc Schuler and Michael "Mick" Schuler; and his daughter Tonya Schuler; his brother, Lowell "Pete"; and his sisters, Corrine and Bernice.