Ben C. Frietsche died Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2014.

He was born in New Blaine, Jan. 22, 1927, the son of Adolf and Elizabeth Fritsche. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany with the occupying forces at the conclusion of World War II.

Following his military service he moved to Fort Smith and became a successful entrepreneur of several businesses, lastly as a co-founder of Delta Construction Company. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. During his retirement, he volunteered his time with several organizations including St. Edwards Hospital. He enjoyed starting many mornings by meeting his good friends for coffee.

He is preceded in death by his sisters Marie Anhalt and Rose Koch and brother George Fritsche.

Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Fentress Mortuary.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Christ the King Church in Fort Smith followed by burial at the National Cemetery in Fort Smith at 12 p.m.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann (Walbe), three children, Rick of Winona, Min., Janis Brizzolara of Little Rock, and Melinda Box of St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Fritsche.

Pallbearers were Zachary Box, Dickie Spahn, Curtis Walbe, Gary Fritsche, Nick Borengasser, Ken Fritsche.

The family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 539 Lane Avenue Memphis, TN 38105 in lieu of flowers.