Fred L. Litke

Fred L. Litke, 87, of Francesville, IN passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.  He was born on January 13, 1935 in LaGrange, IN to the late Theodore J. and Iva E. [Rogers] Litke.  Fred was a 1953 graduate of Pulaski High School.  In 1954, he went to work at Winamac Sales Co. selling JI Case tractors and implements in downtown Francesville.  When Winamac Sales Co. closed, Fred went to work for Moorman Manufacturing Co. and was a local feed salesman until his retirement. 

On June 5, 1955, Fred married Betty Jo March in Pulaski, IN.   Together, they owned and operated the Village Inn restaurant in Francesville for many years.  

Fred was a longtime member of Francesville First Christian Church.  He was a 50 year member of the Francesville Lion’s Club and Francesville Volunteer Fire Department.  Fred was a founding member of the Francesville Little League.  He served on the Francesville town board and the Pulaski County 4H Swine Committee.  Fred was a faithful volunteer at the Humanitarian Distribution Center. 

Fred enjoyed fishing and visiting the boat.  He was well known for his homemade caramels and hot spaghetti.  Most of all, Fred loved his family very much and will be deeply missed.


He is survived by:

Betty Jo “Betts” Litke, Francesville, IN Wife

Pam (Mike) Ledford, Francesville, IN Daughter

Mike (Danny Woods) Litke, Brazil, IN Son

Jeff Litke, St. Louis, MO Son

Summer Hudson, Granddaughter

Shane (Ashley) Ledford, Grandson

Erica (DJ) Reinfeld, Granddaughter

Brooke Towns, Granddaughter

Evan (Brenda) Litke, Grandson

Cheslynn (fiancé: Brandon) Litke, Granddaughter

Sutherlan Litke, Grandson

Daylan Litke, Granddaughter

12 Great Grandchildren

Phil (Sharon) Litke, Winamac, IN Brother

Rosemary Litke, Monticello, IN Sister-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Theodore J. and Iva E. [Rogers] Litke, Parents

James Litke, Brother

1 Infant Brother


Visitation will be from 10 AM – 12 Noon EDT Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN. 

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon EDT Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. 

Private Family Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Life Wise Academy or Francesville First Christian Church.

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Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.