Submitted by Melva Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
September 6, 1983 - Tuesday, pg 10
Honolulu, HI: - Col. Billy Fritsch, 51, died Thursday in a military hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, following a long illness. Funeral services were held in Hawaii.
Billy Fritsch was born on Nov. 20, 1931. He was a pilot in the Marines for 30 years and flew oveer 300 combat missions in the Vietnam war. Since retiring, he has been a pilot with Royal Hawaiian Airlines in Hawaii.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Billy Jr.; three step children; his mother Mayme Buchanan, Rock Falls; two brothers, Elder Fritsch, Rock Falls and Gary Fritsch, Tampico; one sister, Nyla Croy, Sterling.
Preceding him in death were his father, Cecil of Tampico and one sister, Donna Roth, Belleville.