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Fred Mitzel Jr.

Fred Paul Mitzel Jr., the son of Fred Sr. and Elizabeth (Welk) Mitzel was born on December 14, 1957 in Rugby, North Dakota, the second youngest of six children.  He died suddenly from a brain aneurism on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at his home in Balta, North Dakota.

Fred was raised in the rural Sandale Township, Pierce County home of his parents and was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin.  He attended and graduated from Balta High School, the class of 1976.  Following high school, Fred farmed and ranched with his father. On May 25, 1985 he was united in marriage to Rita Schneider at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby.  The couple made their home, raised their three sons, farmed and ranched in rural Balta, North Dakota.  Fred and Rita strived to create a family centered home where the love of God and family came first and happy memories and hospitality thrived.

He was a cherished and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and friend to many.  Fred was very proud of his sons and spent a great deal of time farming, ranching, trapping, hunting, going to cattle sales with them and was very attentive to their needs; offering advice if asked.  One of his greatest gifts and joys was his granddaughter, Jaslyn.  He had an inborn instinct of the important things in life; God, the rosary, his family, extending a helping hand, a genuine smile, intense conversation and a pat on the back with others.  A special interest of his was to keep the family’s German heritage alive and would teach German to his granddaughter’s school class.  He loved to watch wrestling and NASCAR racing and was a big fan of the Bison and Green Bay Packers.  Rita will miss her and Fred’s date night, going to favorite restaurants and the movies.

Fred is survived by his wife, Rita; sons, Brad, Chris and Jesse all of Balta; granddaughter, Jaslyn; siblings, Ted Mitzel of Rugby, Betty (Jim) Summers of New Mexico, Mary Jane (Melvin) Schmaltz of Devils Lake and Dorothy (Chuck) Hooker of Rugby; special nephews, Fred and Bob (Tami) Schumacker; many in-laws, uncle, nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Sr. and Elizabeth; sister, Marlene Schumacker; sister-in-law, Christine Mitzel; father and mother-in-law, Leo and Magdalena Schneider; brother-in-law, Barry Kappes; and great nephew, Zachary Osowski.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta with spring burial in the Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Balta.  Father Brian Bachmeier, Celebrant.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and will continue Saturday for one hour prior to the time of services at the church in Balta.

Rosary and vigil prayer services will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Posted Condolences:

So sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Jackie Klebe / Dennis Blessum

I wish to extend to Rita and Fred's sons my deepest condolences and sympathies at the loss of Fred. I always enjoyed visiting with him when we would meet in town and at family events. I am sorry for your loss.
LeeRoy T. Schneider

Fred was my classmate, never seen him angry, always smiling and full of fun.Great guy.Prayers to his wife, kids, and family.
Robert Schaan

So sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you.
Clemens Schmitt

May God wrap his arms around each one of you. We will miss Fred's advice on the days events, his smile and love for life, family and friends. May God Bless all of you. With our Love and Prayers.
Jim and Dorice Duchscherer

Sending our condolences to Rita and Family.  Fred was an awesome person.  Always friendly and always had a smile on his face.  We are so sorry for your loss.  Thinking of you all during this time.
Rodney and Sara Schatz

Our prayers, thoughts, and condolences to Rita, your 3 sons, and all of your family members.
Fred was a great classmate and one of my best friends at Balta High! He will missed by everyone that knew him.
Jerell and Rita Heilman & family

To Rita and family, very sorry to hear about Fred. He was such a happy, and joyful person to visit with. Prayers to your family.
Allan and Debbie Hoffart

So very sorry to read of the death of "little Freddy Mitzel."  I grew up west of Orrin, attended Sacred Heart and remember so well when "little Freddy" was born.  I knew the older siblings, Ted, Betty, and Marlene (who was only a few months younger then I was) and Mary Jane, how excited they were to have a baby brother.  My parents knew his parents well.  I loved running into Freddy on trips to Orrin.  He was so full of life, so knowledgeable about Orrin and surrounding areas, loved to visit, especially about Orrin/Balta/Fulda history.  His eyes would just sparkle when he talked about our Orrin lives.  His smile was contagious.  You just had to smile with him.  He certainly will be remembered fondly.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Linda Lingohr Rehberg




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