Industry Veteran Passes

September 24, 2008 | Frederick S. Wintzer, a fourth generation renderer, passed away on September 23, 2008, at the age of 85.

Wintzer served as president of G.A. Wintzer & Son Company, a meat by-products business founded in 1848 in Wapakoneta, OH, from August 1947 until his retirement in July 1989. Prior to joining the family business, he graduated in absentia from Mount Union College in 1944 while serving on the Destroyer 499 in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He left the U.S. Naval Reserve in May 1946.

Among his many accomplishments, Wintzer was granted U.S. patent No. 3,207,166 – “Bulk Hauling Vehicle Incorporating Barrel Cleaning Mechanism” – in September 1965, which is still in use today. Three years later, he was granted U.S. patent No. 3,389,795 – “Gas Pressure Tankage Press.”

Wintzer was very active in the community, first being elected as councilman-at-large of the City of Wapakoneta in 1948. He also served as member of the Board of Education of Wapakoneta City School District in 1955 and 1959, and was elected president of the Auglaize County Regional Planning Commission in 1970, 1971, and 1972. In 1966, Wintzer was named Citizen of the Year by the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 1983, he received the Wapakoneta Education Association Friend of Education Award.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 26, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Wapakoneta, OH.

Wintzer is survived by his wife, Mary, four sons – Gus, Christopher, Carl, and James – 12 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister, and numerous other family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Wapakoneta, OH, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.