The Sawyer County Record, Hayward, WI
Fritz Ackley 65
Florian 'Fritz' Ackley, 65, of Hayward, passed away
Wednesday, May 22
at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn.
'Fritz' Ackley was born April 10, 1937 in the township of
Hunter in Sawyer County,
the son of Kenneth and Anne (Wende) Ackley. He graduated from Hayward High
School in 1954. He married Lucille Hamblin on Aug. 6, 1957 in Hayward.
Fritz spent 13 years as a professional baseball player, with eight of
those years spent under major league contract as a pitcher. He played for
the Chicago White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Pittsburgh
Pirates. After retiring from baseball in 1968, he owned and operated the
Chip-A-Flo Lodge on the Chippewa Flowage for 13 years. He was currently a salesman for North
Country Business Products.
Fritz helped to organize the Hayward
Hawks baseball team, and also played
for them for many years. He loved
the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing
and trapping. He was a member
of First Lutheran Church and of the Retired
Major League Baseball
He is survived by his wife, Lucille; two
sons, David (Carol), Hayward, and
Douglas (Lois), Bemidji, Minn.; four
daughters, Kathy (Chuck) Groth,
Hayward, Sheila (Marty) Dubois,
Proctor, Minn., Sharon (Dan) Shea, Superior, and Janna (Hugh) Duffy,
Carlton, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; one step grandson; his mother, Anne
Ackley, Hayward; four brothers, Floyd (Marlene), Loretta, Robert, Warner
Robins, Ga., James (Jackie) Merrill, Wis., and Bruce (JoEllyn), Colorado
Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Patricia Martina, Bensonville, Ill., Jean
Barber, Stone Lake, and Joan (Orrie) Boettcher, Phillips;
his aunt, Ede Sibley, Brookfield; and many nieces and
He was preceded in death by his father.
funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at
Lutheran Church in Hayward with Pastor Carl Bruihler officiating.
visitation was held on Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at
Funeral Home, and again at the church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Greenwood
Honorary bearers were Shawn Brinkman, Don Dennis, Jim
Napier, Fred Talbot, Clarence ³Red² Tischer, Bob Woodbeck, and Al
Zibolski. Casket bearers were Jerry Berard, Wayne Berard, John Frisbe, Cal
Gordon, Don Henderson, Harold Treland, Bruce
West and David Williamson.
The Anderson-Nathan Funeral
Home is assisting the family with arrangements.