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Kenneth C. Fritzler


Kenneth C. Fritzler II, 68, of Broken Bow and formerly of Kearney, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Bryan West Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, NE. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney with the Rev. Fr. Jerry Ness officiating. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. Memorials are suggested to the National MS Society or to the family for future designation. On-line condolences maybe submitted to osrfh.com. O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.

Ken was born on May 18, 1945 in Omaha to Kenneth C. and Doris (Eastman) Fritzler. The family moved to Kimball, NE where he graduated from Kimball County High School in 1963. He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and was affiliated with the Triangle Fraternity and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1967 in Business Administration. Ken then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the UNL College of Law in 1970 graduating in the top 10% of his class. He was the editor of the Law Review and was a member of the Nebraska Chapter of The Order of the Coif.

After graduation from law school, Ken was affiliated with the firm of Baylor, Evenen, Baylor and Urbom in Lincoln. After moving to Kearney in 1971, he was a member of the Tye, Worlock, Tye and Jacobsen law firm. In 1974, he joined Ross and Schroeder and was part of the law firm of Ross, Schroder and Fritzler until 1989. From 1989 until his retirement in 2006, he practiced on his own in both Kearney and Broken Bow.

Ken married Linda Pape on May 27, 1972 in Kearney. They later divorced.

He married Carol Repke-Jaskierny on October 3, 2002 in Broken Bow. They made their home in Broken Bow.

Ken was a member of the BPOE Lodge in Kearney. He served many years on the Board of Mental Health of Buffalo County. He was a member of the church.

Ken's favorite pastimes included sailing, camping and fishing. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, flying his plane, the outdoors and caring for his cats. Ken had an affinity for the game of cribbage and contributing to the Arts in the community. He loved music and sang in barbershop quartets and choruses most of his life including the Plum Creek Men’s Chorus of Lexington and 1733 Chorus of Kearney. Ken never met a stranger and befriended all those he could.

He is survived by: Sons: Jason Phelps and wife Marsha; Paul Fritzler and wife Erin of Chatsworth, CA. Daughters: Ginny Schauer and husband Bob, Sarah Zulkoski and husband John of Kearney, Rebekah Moritz and husband Brian of Omaha. Grandchildren; Rachael Nelson, Henry and Hayden Moritz all of Omaha, and Connor Phelps. Sisters: Janet Huntley (Jim) of Diamond Bar, CA and Beth Elliott (Pat Kendall) of Fort Collins, CO. Ken is also survived by aunts, uncles, many cousins, nieces, nephews and stepchildren.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.


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