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August 28, 2019
Frederick Edgar Nietz, Jr., age 98, of Marysville, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at The Bluebird Assisted Living Facility here in Marysville. A longtime resident of Union County, Fred and his family lived and farmed in Allen Center. Throughout his life, he was also an associate of O.M. Scott and Sons before obtaining a real estate license in the 1970’s. In 1976, he opened Nietz Realty in a log cabin located at the historic Ole Village before moving his office downtown. Retiring to Florida was a dream come true as he and his wife spent 2 years living at the Villages in central Florida before returning home to be with family. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Infantry in the European Theater at battles in Ardennes (The Battle of the Bulge), the Rhineland, and throughout central Europe. Fred received numerous citations such as the EAME Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart Medal (wounded in Moiring, France), Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal. Locally, he was a 32nd degree Mason and was proud of his membership with the Palestine Lodge No. 158 F & AM, Scottish Rite and Aladdin Shrine. He was also a member of Marysville First United Methodist Church. Fred was an avid reader while also enjoying golf, tennis and biking. He was born on a farm in Walbridge, Ohio to the late Frederick Gottfried and Nora Muhl Nietz on September 22, 1920. Upon his return from the war, Fred married his longtime sweetheart, Elinor Mae Huff Nietz who preceded him in death. Fred was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters (Clara, Albert, Harold, Helen, Floyd, Donald and Edward). Frederick is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Jay) Balluck of Independence; his sons, Ned Nietz and Nick (Lynda) Nietz, both of Marysville; his grandchildren, Jill (Eric) Lahrmer, Emily (Josh) Munson, Aaron Nietz and Alec Nietz; his great-grandchildren, Grace, Addison and Morgan Lahrmer and Jacob and Benjamin Munson. The family will hold a private service at a later date. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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