John A. Fitzgerald (78) of Flushing, Ohio, and Leesburg, Florida, passed away on February 13, 2013, at his daughter & son in-laws home in Sioux Rapids, Iowa.

John Fitz was born in Holloway, Ohio, on August 23, 1934 to the late Howard Lee and Rebecca (Stephen) Fitzgerald. He attended Holloway School for 11 years, graduating from Flushing High School in 1954. He served four years in the United States Army with the 88th Airborne, attended West Liberty College, and was a Driver Examiner with the Ohio State Highway Patrol retiring in 1991. Since 1993 he has wintered at the Holiday Travel Resort in Leesburg, Florida.

John is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Joanne (Gibson); four children Jody Tacosik and husband John of Belmont; Jolene Handy and husband Rick of Sioux Rapids, Iowa; John K. Fitzgerald and wife Maryann of Bethesda; and Julie Kildow and husband Todd of Bethesda; in addition there are eleven grandchildren, Emily Jo and husband Nate Smith of McConnelsville, Jake Tacosik and Luke Tacosik of Belmont; Jon Fitzgerald McComb and Savanna Jo Handy of Iowa; John K. Jr. and Journey Fitzgerald of Bethesda; Ty, Cal, Casey, and Torre Kildow of Bethesda; and two great granddaughters Adelyn and Elleigh Smith of McConnelsville.

Also surviving are four sisters, Marguerite Howell & Verna Mae Schlatt of St. Clairsville. Hilda Sullivan, Flushing and Doris Bartley, Lake Park, IA. Three brothers, David of Pataskala, Denver of Canton and Michael, Virginia Beach, VA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jonathan Gibson Fitzgerald. Sisters, Ruth Shipley, Rosetta Buckles and Irene Fitzgerald. A brother, Donald Lee.

He was an avid sportsman throughout his life, enjoying fishing & horseshoes in his retirement. He served as a member on the Belmont County Health Board. He was a member of Flushing American Legion Post 366. He attended the Flushing United Methodist Church. Fitz was a proud American and loved to fly his countrys flag.

Family and friends were received at the Kelly Kemp Braido Patron Funeral Home, Bethesda, on Sunday, February 17, and Monday, February 18, until the time of services. Military services was provided by the Flushing America Legion Post 366 and the Belmont County Council prior to funeral services. Burial followed at Rock Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, commit to doing an act of kindness in honor of our Fitz. Memorial contributions may be made to the Flushing United Methodist Church, POB 54 Flushing, OH 43977.