James R. Fitzgerald, 88 Years, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 10:03 A.M. Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Green Tree at Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born Wednesday, April 4, 1928 in Iola, Illinois to parents, Bryan S. and Fern N. (Rodgers) Fitzgerald. He married Dorothy Hughes on October 16, 1949 in Arrowsmith, Illinois and she survives.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Mr. Tracy Thomas officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois.
A Greeting of Family and Friends will be held from 10:00 to Service Time 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
James R. Fitzgerald is survived by his wife: Dorothy M. Fitzgerald of Mount Vernon, Illinois, two daughters: Deborah Burdette and husband Michael of Washington, Illinois and Jan Danner and husband Steve of Woodlawn, Illinois, five grandchildren: Jason Burdette and wife Brita of Bismarck, North Dakota; Amanda Kelly and husband Kent of Washington, Illinois; Scott Danner and wife Ginny of Owensboro, Kentucky; Eric Burdette and wife Jennifer of Abingdon, Illinois; and Jamie Gordon and husband Ben of Woodlawn, Illinois, ten great grandchildren: Jack and Luke Kelly; Delaney, Levi and Lydia Burdette; Ellyssa and Landon Danner; Kinsley Burdette and a sibling due in April; and Brynn and Elliott Gordon, and sister: Isabel Steenbergen of Chillicothe, Illinois. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
His parents and one brother: Bryan Fitzgerald, Jr. preceded him in death.
James served our country in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946 and was a member of Woodlawn Christian Church. He worked as a barber and loved square dancing and bowling. He was a true and avid Chicago Cubs fan.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Celtic Health Care Hospice Division and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on November 2, 2016