Remembering Fritz, Shirley, and Jami

Fritz N Shirley (2)

Willis "Fritz" Frederick Torbett of Aurora, MO. Born: November 3, 1937 in Stone County Missouri.Died March 16, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Graduated from Marionville High School in 1956

Fritz's career consisted of various adventures including emergency medical front line worker, funeral home director, welder MIG and TIG, and specialized welding used in food grade stainless steel tanks and pipes. He was instrumental in moving Aqua Systems of California to the next level with his technical and engineering skills.

He was a man with many talents, mostly because he was fearless. There wasn't anything he couldn't do! He was a star athlete in school. He played many musical instruments without lessons, learning by feel and memory and played with his bandmates right up until his illness. He was super intelligent and always learning new things. He learned how to fly, build and repair airplanes. He flew corporate executives to important meetings, and friends on joy rides. He invented machines that helped reduce the use of water and cleaning detergent. He had a million hillbilly songs, jokes and folk stories ready to pull out at any given moment and all of them made people laugh and smile! He was a genuine treasure to his family and friends.


Shirley Mae (Mysinger) Torbett Born April 14, 1940 in Lawrence County Missouri. Died November 5, 2020 in Aurora, Missouri. Graduate of Marionville High School in 1957 - Salutatorian

Shirley’s career included being a stay-at-home mom, raising three rambunctious and squabbling kids and, after they grew up, becoming an extraordinary office administrator and bookkeeper where she organized, maintained, and helped continue the success of several businesses. She was a pioneer in the ‘80s when she set up the technology to work from home for Aqua Systems in California and she continued working for them late into her life maintaining the records for the board of directors’ meetings. She was loved by everyone she met and quick to provide help or hugs when she could tell someone was in need.

She enjoyed attending church and singing hymns. She especially enjoyed and was proud to attend Fritz’s band performances. She knew every song and would tap her foot, clap her hands and sing along with a huge smile on her face. She was an amazing cook and created exciting meals on her beautiful dinnerware any chance she could. She was a gem in a world where those people are hard to find.


Survivors include son Tim Torbett and wife Debbie (Stiver) of Collinsville, OK and their children Matthew (Ashley), Trevan, Stephanie (Randall) Torbett, and Melissa (Miracle) Goodluck. Great grandchildren Emrys, Anora and Noah Fritz.

Daughter Deb (Torbett) Chance and husband Jason of Willamette Valley, Oregon, and daughter Kara.

Daughter Cindy (Torbett) Ray and husband Ken of Springfield, Missouri.

Grandsons Johnathan and Joseph Crowell.

Nephews Roger Torbett of California, Jim Torbett of Missouri and John E. Torbett of Tennessee and niece Melinda Torbett of Texas.



Jami Lynn Crowell Born November 19, 1983 in Bozeman, Montana. Died April 20, 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. Graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in California in 2002

Jami was one of a kind! She loved life and enjoyed animals. She rescued and helped animals any chance she could. She was an artist, a seeker of truths and was compassionate toward everyone. She was a great listener which made her a wonderful counselor to friends and family. She was loved to the moon and back and was told that often by her beloved family!


Survived by her mother Cindy (Torbett) Ray and brothers Johnathan and Joseph Crowell. Uncle Tim Torbett and wife Debbie of Oklahoma. Aunt Deb Chance and husband Jason of Oregon. Cousins Matthew, Trevan, Stephanie, Melissa and Kara.