CLINTON — Harold Dean Fitzgerald, 92, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 2:04 p.m., January 1, 2014 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Bloomington, Ill..
Remembrance ceremony by the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Calvert Funeral Home, in Clinton, Ill. with funeral services following, Rev. Stephen Killion officiating. Interment will follow in Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, Ill. with military honors. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, in Clinton, Ill.
Memorials may be directed to the Clinton YMCA, DeWitt County Friendship Center or the Young at Heart at First Christian Church
Harold Dean Fitzgerald was born on October 15, 1921, in Clinton, Ill., the son of Ira and Hulda (Ebershol) Fitzgerald. He married Mae Louise Brewer in February, 1945 in Peoria, Ill.
Survivors include his wife, Mae Louise Fitzgerald, Clinton, Ill.; brother-in-law, William Brewer, Jr. and his wife Karen, Stephens City, Va.; sister-in-law, Ann Fitzgerald, Matteson, Ill.; four Nephews, Dwight (LouAnn) Fitzgerald, Taylorville, N.C., Ricky (Miranda) Fitzgerald, Orlando, Fla., Ronnie F. Fitzgerald, Jr., Steger, Ill., and Randy Fitzgerald, Matteson, Ill. Also surviving is his cat, Cassie, which he loved very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Maj. Rodney H. Fitzgerald April 30, 1980; brother, Ronald Fitzgerald July 8, 2008; brother, Melvin Fitzgerald; and nephew, Larry Fitzgerald.
Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church, Clinton, Ill. He was a boatswain’s mate 1st Class in the U.S. Navy during WWII from Oct. 18, 1939 – Oct. 18, 1945. Harold flew along the California coast in blimps for the U.S. Navy during the war. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He had served on the USS Indianapolis, and the last ship he served on was USS Windham Bay CVE – 92.
He established Fitzgerald Jeweler’s April 1, 1957, where he was the owner and operator, in Clinton. He later opened a store in 1978 at Hickory Point Mall. Harold owned the Meadow Lakes subdivision on Route 10. He was a member of the Elks, VFW, American Legion and Kiwanis Club. He served on the board of the Illinois Retail Jeweler’s Assoc. for many years and also was past president in 1972-1973. He was chosen for “Operation Tiger” a series of cruises conducted by the U.S. Navy to demonstrate its capabilities to the public.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com