Fritz William Hintze, 92, of Wake Forest passed away peacefully July 4, 2013 after several years of declining health. He was born April 9, 1921 in Hamburg, Germany, the son of the late Margaret Thrun and William Hintze. His father brought the family to America in 1926 to live in Washington, D.C., when he was invited to perform with the Washington National Symphony.
Hintze and his siblings were raised in the German Orphanage in Washington after the sudden death of their father. He married Ledagole Ryals in 1942. Shortly thereafter he joined the Marines and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. Following the war, he worked for Garwood Industries and became a certified public accountant. He later worked for the Stone Straw Corporation, prior to opening a real estate office in College Park, Md. After many successful years in real estate, they retired to Wake Forest.
Hintze was a member of Wake Forest United Methodist Church and was active in the Masons for more than 50 years, serving as Master of his Masonic Lodge. He was very active with the Scottish Rite and the Eastern Star.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, July 8 at the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Donald Warren officiating. Burial was in the Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church Cemetery in Benson.
Hintze is survived by his wife, Leda Hintze; sons, Donald Hintze of Florida and Edward Hintze and his wife, Susie, of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Bill; a sister, Gerda; and a daughter, Sue Ellen.
Memorial donations can be made to Wake Forest United Methodist Church, 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587 or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.