Wayne Edward Fritz II, “Eddie”, was born October 25, 1958 in Monett, Mo., to Wayne and Helen (Johnson) Fritz. Eddie passed away at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on August 5, 2022, at the age of 63, with his beloved wife by his side.
He married Victoria Jean Henderson (Vickey) on July 4, 2015 in Branson, Mo. at Dogwood Chapel. They built a house in the town of Monett, Missouri until they moved to the farm to be closer to his parents and to tend to the place. Eddie worked for Glassrock Medical until he started his own medical equipment repair business known as Midwest Medical Repair in Blue Springs, Mo. Then, in May 2011, his greatest career achievement was born, known as ReO2. Initially, he worked with Matt Banks and Richard Seiferd with Core Investments, LLC, until July 2016 when Eddie and Vickey became the sole owner of ReO2. Eddie and Vickey made ReO2 a very successful business from the shop they built on the Homestead. He always said he had the longest drive to work…LOL, just across the aisle. He loved what he did helping others in any way he could with his business. Eddie also LOVED his cars as all of his family and friends can attest over the years. He loved to take his ’68 Camaro to the track for a few runs, then get down to Hooters for an evening cruise and grab a few beers. His love of cars and motorcycles continued over the years with his 2002 Corvette Z06, his 2003 Harley Davidson sleeper and his 1998 Chevy pickup truck called Betty Boop. His favorite hot rod that he couldn’t wait to hit the track with Harry, Donald, Steve and many other friends, was his 1966 Chevelle (Aztec Bronze).
He was predeceased by his grandparents Ed and Irene (Quade) Fritz, and Elmer and Alta (Plank) Johnson, Uncle Elmer (Bud) Johnson, Uncle Jerry Fritz, Uncle Bill Medlin, Aunt Mary Ellen Fortney, Aunt Nellie Fritz, cousin Russell Fritz, her cousin Lydia Ann Fritz, her mother-in-law Dorothy Henderson and her sister-in-law Retha Henderson.
He is survived by his parents Wayne and Helen Fritz, his beloved wife Vickey Fritz and his two children whom he adored and loved dearly, his son Jonathan Edward Fritz and his wife Sarah of Odessa, Mo., and his daughter Valerie Rose Fritz and partner Clayton of Las Vegas, Nevada, and their mother Heather Colliver (Lamb). Two daughters-in-law, Carissa LeeAnn Bolen and her husband Ken of Burleson, Texas, and Stephanie Renee Moten and her husband Joseph of Temecula, Cali. Twelve grandchildren who adored him: Hayli, Logan, Grace, Sahmara, Kennedy, Reagan, Samuel, Levi, Noah, Pharaoh, Mathew and Sultan. Her Aunt Sondra Zearly and her husband AJ, of Kansas City, Mo., Aunt Cynthia McCubbin and her husband Reed, of Raytown, Mo., Aunt Elner Medlin of Springfield, Mo., Uncle Jim Johnson (JJ) of Monett, Mo. , Uncle John Fritz and his wife June of Monett, Mo., as well as many cousins, great friends (Equipment Managers) whose many memories he treasured, especially those of racing and the people he worked with in the industry medical repair. Eddie always joked that he wanted to change his name to Jake Henry Fritz… so he gave that name to his best friend and co-worker, his beloved dog, Jake Henry.
Your infectious smile and laughter will forever be etched in our hearts. We know you’ll always be watching over us from the great drag strip above. I will always love you, bunch of honey buns!
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt, and the service will follow at 10 a.m. with Reverends Jake Sletten and Ken Lampe. Interment will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.
301 Euclid Monett (417) 235-3188