March 10, 2011

(1/22/1938 - 3/4/2011)

Fritz G. Vassholz, 73, of Memphis, Missouri, passed away Friday, March 4, 2011, at Boone County Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

He was born January 22, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri to Frank and Lucrietta Rock Vassholz.

He attended school in Kansas City, Missouri.

On March 7, 1959 he married Mary Louise Hall in Independence, Missouri and to this union two children were born.

Fritz worked for Ford Motor Company in Kansas City and Claycomo, Missouri, where he loaded new automobiles on the railcars for shipment from 1956 until 1973. In 1973 he relocated to Memphis where he row cropped and raised cattle and hogs until the time of his death. From 1974 until 1996 he hauled can and bulk milk for area farmers. He also owned a dozing business from 1986 until 2007. He was a very private person who enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, a son, James Vassholz and his wife, Lynette; and a daughter, Norma Grubb all of Memphis. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Sarah Grubb of Memphis, Kaitlin Grubb of Knox City, Missouri, Bethanie Grubb of Memphis, Christina Vassholz and Charley Vassholz, both of Kirksville, Missouri, niece, nephews, friends, and sister.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-mother, Norma Wille and a brother, Frank Vassholz.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1 P.M. at Memphis Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Hammack officiating. Music will be provided by Joan Hinds, organist and Joe Fulk, vocalist.

Burial will follow the service in Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jerry Grubb, Gavin Hauk, Kenneth Hauk Jr., Junior Jones, Jason Moss and Robert Waddell.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Gorin Fire Department First Responders and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. On-line condolences may be made to the Vassholz family by logging on to

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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