Frederick L. “Fritz” Nuffer, COL USA (Retired)

Frederick L. “Fritz” Nuffer, COL US Army (Retired)

September 26, 1934 – July 13, 2022

Served two combat tours in Vietnam as well as tours in Germany, the Pentagon, and numerous posts throughout the United States during his 26-year career.  He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (BS), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (MA), the Naval War College, and the Army War College.  Following his military service, Fritz had a second 14-year career as the Senior Vice President of Output Services, a major division of First Data Resources.  During his tenure with FDR, Fritz had extended service in New York City and South-end-on-Sea near London, England.  Following his second retirement, Fritz and his beloved wife Martha traveled extensively.  Fritz also became an avid golfer, playing in several senior leagues.

Preceded in death by wife, Martha.  Survived by sons, Frederick J. Nuffer (Diana) and Stephen Nuffer (Melanie); brother, William Nuffer; six grandchildren: Megan McGuigan (Bill), Fritz Nuffer, Jordan Nuffer, and Taylor Jeter (Tony); two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Madeline McQuigan; significant other, Teresa Cavanaugh.

VISITATION: Friday, July 15th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VILGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, July 16th at 11am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 20500 W. Maple Rd. in Elkhorn.  Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum, with full Military Honors.  Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church-Elkhorn or The Open Door Mission.

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Grandparents and three maiden aunts, two of whom were English teachers, raised Fritz in a small, rural Minnesota community.  While he had little practical knowledge of the world beyond his village, Fritz was instilled with a love of literature and all things written.  It was exciting and a true wonderment for Fritz to be selected to attend West Point.  Nearly the entire town saw him off in his new woolen suit.  The New York cabbie noted his attire and ensured Fritz’s longest taxi ride ever on his way to Port Authority and West Point.

The next four years were fulfilling and challenging.  There were so many opportunities for learning and enjoying life at the Point.  Fritz made a lot of friends with whom he continued to keep in touch throughout his life.  Upon graduation, he never planned to have a military career.

Twenty-six years later, a bunch of moves, more friends, many challenges, great assignments, fulfillment beyond Fritz’s wildest expectations, he felt so very fortunate to have been a soldier.  Throughout, he gained a deep appreciation for our country, its people, and our many blessings.  Of these blessings, Fritz held his time at West Point as one of the most treasured.  Following retirement from the Army, Fritz joined a small firm which became a major publicly traded, international corporation.  Again, there were challenges, more moves—England, New York City—more friends.

Fritz was left with many great memories, most of which focused on people, less and less on places and things.  Lastly, Fritz was blessed with a wonderful family, the center of which was his wife, Martha.  She endured the early financial struggles, the constant moving, and the extended times apart while successfully raising two children.  Throughout, she remained beautiful and loving, and a great friend.



  • Shane Canfield Posted July 13, 2022 5:59 pm

    Day is done Sir. Our time together was short, but your impact continued for the rest of my life.

  • Cyndi Cavanaugh Pokorny Posted July 13, 2022 7:16 pm

    I am so sorry about the lost of your father. I meet him several times with my mother. He was the sweetest and kindest person. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Mike Cavanaugh Posted July 14, 2022 11:55 am

    So sorry for your loss. I only met Fritz a few times and he impressed me immensely.

  • Debra Faux Posted July 16, 2022 9:19 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed! I always enjoyed talking with him when we were able to see him, He will be with Martha now and a lot of our family members, Prayers for all your family as always, Take good care of yourselves. Love you all Debbie, Dawn and Scott Faux (Muriel Nuffer’s daughter)

  • Shelby Moore Posted July 25, 2022 3:13 pm

    I’m glad we got to know you on your last days on this earth. You were a fighter and a very nice man. You continue doing your thing in heaven and hope to meet again. Sending love to the family

  • James Elliott Posted May 11, 2023 9:34 am

    COL Nuffer was my battalion commander when I arrived for duty at Herzo Base, Germany in 1977. It was an honor to serve under his command. Great officer! Outstanding leader! My condolences to his family.

  • shirley longnecker Posted June 17, 2023 9:55 am

    What a lifetime friend—went to high school with Fritz—and we stayed in contact-was so saddened to not hear from him the last year and now I know why. Thank you Steven for calling me—

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