William Frederick Schrotz, 102, of Frederick, Maryland, passed from this life on June 17, 2023. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen Charlene (Cabe) Schrotz for 30 years.
Born on August 7, 1920, in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late William and Catherine (Tracey) Schrotz.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Schrotz Lynch, Joseph Schrotz, Helen Schrotz Scanlin, Edward Schrotz and Irene Schrotz.
He will be remembered with much love by his brother, James Schrotz of Philadelphia, PA.
He is also survived by his children, Lisa Schrotz, William Schrotz, Jennifer O’Sullivan, and Beth Tucker (Robert); 6 grandchildren, Kennon Maddox, Patrick O’Sullivan, Erin O’Sullivan (Timothy Mullen) Sean O’Sullivan, Ryan Tucker (Page) and Justin Tucker (Miranda) and Great Granddaughter, Rylie Erin Tucker. He will also be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.
While growing up in East Falls Philadelphia, Fred held miscellaneous jobs to help support his family by working at a newspaper stand, caddying at local golf courses, and as both a shipping clerk and a machinist at H.G. Getty. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, PA. with a Degree in Physics.
Fred enlisted in the Naval Cadet Training Program at Chapel Hill, NC. Upon completion, he received his pilot wings and commission. Fred would serve during WWII, then the Naval Reserves, and then serve again during the Korean Conflict. Following his service in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator, he worked for RCA in the Advanced Technology Division where he was engaged in the development of optical systems for commercial and military television. Later, he became a leader with the Missile and Surface Radar Division and as a Senior Project Member for the Research and Advanced Development in the Graphics Systems Division. For 25 years, Fred worked for the United States Postal Service in both the Research and Development and Engineering & Development offices. He ended his career having received many awards for meritorious service and contributing to the effective operations and improvement that saw the first development of a wide area bar code reader.
In his retirement, he volunteered with AARP as a tax aide preparer and later with New Castle County Delaware School System as ESL tutor for children. He was most recently a member of St. Joseph Church on Carrolton Manor. Fred loved spending time with his family, whether it was a quick visit or a large, planned gathering. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great granddaughter. He enjoyed the outdoors, from the mountains to the beaches and some of his most cherished memories included those times spent with family and friends. Fred was an avid reader and enjoyed working on and building computers. As he grew older and wiser, Fred readily embraced the progress and advancement of technologies that he experienced throughout his long and storied life.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph-on- Carrollton Manor Catholic Church, 5843 Manor Woods Road, Frederick, MD. 21703 on Thursday June 29, 2023, at 11:00AM. A visitation and luncheon will follow mass in the Parish Hall.
Interment will be at 11:30 am on Friday, June 30, 2023, at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, VA.
In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Office of Development 9701 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118-2694. The Sisters were the integral foundation of his love of learning in education and his strong Catholic faith throughout his life.