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Ken Tritz (A-Mechanic -Shift) - Class Of 2010 VIEW PROFILE

Ken Tritz (A-Mechanic -Shift)

MISSOULA – Ken Tritz, 73, of Missoula passed away on Monday, February 15, 2010, at home of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His wife and four children were by his side.

Ken was born September 21, 1936, in Pittsville, Wisconsin, to Ben and Susan Tritz. He grew up on the family dairy farm and was the second youngest of 15 children. Ken served in the Army for two years, stationed in Japan for 1 1/2 years.

On Oct. 11, 1958, he married Sandy McKee. They lived in Wisconsin until moving to Missoula in 1969.

Ken worked as an instrument mechanic for 40 years at the Frenchtown paper mill. He was always concerned about his fellow workers and served as president of Local 885 for 14 years in addition to other positions in the union. He had a strong faith and was a founding member of Pope John XXIII parish (now Blessed Trinity). Ken had a beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing. He was also an avid (and I mean AVID) Green Bay Packers fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Susan; his twin sisters Magdeline and Gertrude; and brother Marvin; also parents-in-law Bob and Mary Jane McKee; sisters-in-law Carol Tritz, Marian Tritz, Ruth Tritz and Kathleen Ferk; and nephews Joe Tritz and Dan Ferk.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy of 51 years; four children, Sue DePuydt (Drew) of Missoula, Terry (René) of Graham, Wash., Mike (Kit) of Missoula, and Ron of Billings; 10 grandkids, Danielle Murphy (Will), Lindsay DePuydt, David DePuydt, Zach (Tiffany), Robert, Kim, Kenny, Kelsey, Jamie, and Teri Tritz; four great-grandkids Parker, Willow, Isaac, and Ronin; sisters Marita, Del, Corrine and Sue; brothers Norm, Cy, Ben, Don, Harold, Ralph and Lee, all of Wisconsin; 71 nieces and nephews (and he loved them all); sister-in-law Maureen Therou, and brother-in-law Mike McKee.

Vigil services were held Thursday evening, February 18 at Blessed Trinity. Funeral services were held Friday morning, February 19 at Blessed Trinity and a reception followed. The urn was placed at the Missoula Veterans Cemetery on Friday afternoon, February 19.

In lieu of flowers donations, may be made in Ken’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, ID 83706; Partners Hospice, 2687 Palmer St., Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808; or Mountain Home Montana, 2606 South Ave. W., Missoula, MT 59804.

Thanks to all who helped Ken in his life. We would especially like to thank Dr. Michael Snyder and everyone at the cancer center, Dr. Eric Hughson and staff, and the excellent care of Partners Hospice.





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