Reginald F. “Fritz” Pyle

Reginald F. “Fritz” Pyle

Jan 15, 1926 – Jan 16, 2017


Reginald Frederick “Fritz” Pyle, 91, of Omaha, NE died on January 16, 2017. Fritz was the General Manager of Holiday Inn in Manhattan for 26 years. Fritz grew up in Emporia, Kansas and, following graduation from Emporia High School in 1944, served in the US Navy for two years. Fritz then attended and graduated from Kansas State Teacher’s College in Emporia.

Fritz briefly taught high school in Western Kansas and worked for several years as a salesman for Kansas Power and Light before he began his employment with Holiday Inns in 1963. He was a member of numerous local organizations, including Manhattan Rotary, Mike Ahearn Club and St Thomas More Church.  He was also past president of the Topeka chapter of the SPEBSQSA.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann, of Omaha; four children: Elizabeth (Pyle) Stolze of Omaha, Monty, Meg,  and Chris; and eight grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 27th, from 5pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, Jan. 28th at 12noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Omaha.  Memorials may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association, St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan, or the Northeast Kansas Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Ed Ryan Posted January 21, 2017 6:08 pm

    Monty and family, sorry for your loss.

  • Larry & Christy Wagner Posted January 22, 2017 7:52 am

    We’re praying for all of you. Fritz was a wonderful man. We remember meeting him on numerous occasions and always enjoyed being around him. We will always remember his sense of humor.

  • Jill Harrison Posted January 22, 2017 10:57 am

    The Stehley family sends our love and condolences. We have very fond memories of Fritz and your family.

  • Larry Dalessandris Posted January 22, 2017 11:39 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time

  • Vinny Daly Posted January 22, 2017 12:28 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Any thing I can do, let me know.

  • Betty Stevens Posted January 22, 2017 1:22 pm

    Ann and family, my thoughts and prayers are for you and Fritz. I know you all have had long and difficult journey.

  • Karen and David Paris Posted January 22, 2017 7:44 pm

    Fritz was so nice and fun to be around. Ann was so supportive when our parents died. We sent our prayers and support to all of you. That last Thanksgiving was such a blessing. We are here for you!

  • Sue Bullock Garver Posted January 22, 2017 10:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all for peace, comfort, and understanding!

  • PETER F. EMMI Posted January 23, 2017 9:44 am

    Sorry for the loss of your father.. Knowing you, and I’m sure you are his carbon copy, he is now in place we all yearn for. Take care.

  • Audrey Mross Posted January 23, 2017 12:46 pm

    Dear Meg and Pyle family – I am sorry to hear of Fritz’s passing but glad you had him with you to enjoy for so long. Meg was my Chi Omega sorority sister at K-State in the late 70s and in the early 80s Fritz was the GM of the Holidome in Manhattan, which I staffed as a Brock Hotel Corporation human resources employee. Fritz made sure I had my (pink) hard hat on when interviewing applicants on-site while construction was finishing up. Big virtual hugs from across the miles to all of you!

  • Dan & Cheryl Yunk Posted January 23, 2017 1:21 pm

    Dear Pyle family, we are so sorry to learn of Fritz’s passing. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Hopefully, good memories past will help sustain you in the days ahead.

  • Annette Wilson Posted January 23, 2017 10:17 pm

    Meg, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Your mom and dad were such a classy couple that really made an impression on me. I remember for Chi O Mom’s weekend one year we all took our moms to the Holidome and received extra special treatment and complimentary flaming dessert, thanks to your dad! Take care. Annette (Taylor) Wilson

  • Teresa and Randy Miller Posted January 25, 2017 2:40 pm

    Ann and family–We send our condolences to all of you at this time. We have such fond memories of time with you–the post football game parties, his work stories, all your travels, and then watching your family members grow up and start their own families. He truly has a wonderful legacy. May the memories keep you through the next weeks!

  • Linda Grubbs Posted January 26, 2017 10:24 am

    Ann and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Fritz passing. What fond memories I have of that man! He taught me so much while I worked for him. His on the job training was second to none. He allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them…he taught me how to treat customers and make them feel as though they were #1 Many of those skills followed me through my career with K-State Athletics. What a wonderful teacher he was. He and you have always had a special place in my heart. With heartfelt condolences, Linda and Gary Grubbs

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