John “Oren” Fritts

In Loving MemoryMemorial services for John “Oren” Fritts will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660-679-0009) with Bro. Terry Davis officiating. Visitation Monday evening, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Contributions are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

John Oren Fritts, 78 of Butler, Missouri passed away November 23, 2013 at Willow Lane in Butler surrounded by his family.

Oren was born March 21, 1935 in Bates County, the son of Chauncy and Ruth (McGraw) Fritts. He grew up and attended school in Bates County but would have much preferred to spend his days out in the woods hunting or with the many “critters” he had over the years.

Oren married Jessalee Ferrell in December of 1952, and to this union three daughters were born. Throughout Oren’s life, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, arrowhead and mushroom hunting, and beekeeping. He retired after more than 30 years with General Motors. In retirement, one of his main joys became hand-carving gifts for his family, leaving behind very tangible and wonderful evidence of his love for his family. He also enjoyed Indian lore and reading Louis L’Amour novels, as well as his Bible.

He loved to visit, even with strangers, and had a wonderful teasing sense of humor.

Oren was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Floyd Fritts, and one sister, Bessie Reedy. Among survivors are his wife, Jessalee of Butler; daughters Barbara Ann Campbell of Springfield, Missouri, Rita Elaine Umstattd and husband Douglas of Garden City, Missouri, and Linda Louise Phillips and husband Kelly of Butler; seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; his sister, Zella Mager; and brothers Wright and Elmer Fritts.

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7 thoughts on “John “Oren” Fritts

  1. Jessalee and family, my heart goes out to you. He was such a good man. My father and he were such good friends, they are probably in heaven fishing, and laughing, and hunting arrowheads. God must have needed another good wood carver in heaven. Love you all, your cousin, Linda Dennis Fairman.

  2. Rita, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please accept my sincere condolences. I did not know your father but he has raised a really nice lady and that says a lot about your family. If I can do anything for your family please let me know. Harry Nitchals

  3. Rita and Doug, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are for you and your family through this hard time.

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