Mr. Russell Lee Fitzgerald, age 92, of Patriot, Indiana, entered this life on October 16, 1920, in Cleves, Ohio, the son of the late, Elijah Preston & Mattie Mary (Emery) Fitzgerald. He was raised in the Patriot Community, where he attended school. Russell was united in marriage in March of 1945, to the late, Eunice Scott & to this union arrived two daughters & three sons to bless their home. Russell & Eunice shared 48 years of marriage together until her death on February 25, 1993. Russell was inducted into the United States Army on January 19, 1941at Fort Benjamin in Harrison, Indiana, rising to the rank of Private First Class, serving during World War II as a Heavy Machine Gunner, in Company M 141st. Infantry, where he was a prisoner of war several times. He served in the Campaigns in Rhineland, Central Europe, Naples, Italy & Fogia & was wounded on January 2, 1945, in France. He received the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with Three Battle Stars, Purple Heart Combat Infantryman Badge & the Good Conduct Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on November 6, 1945, at Camp Joseph T Robinson, Arkansas. Russell farmed when he was young from 1958-1992. From 1950-1974, Russell was employed as a Boilermaker for the Chicago Bridge & Iron Union & in 1952 was asked to go to work on Oil Wells, traveling all over the USA & overseas in the transit union. Russell received his diploma from the Switzerland County School Corporation in June of 2012 because he could not finish with his classmates at Patriot High School due to his enlistment into the United States Army to fight during World War II. Russell resided all of his life in Patriot, Indiana. He was a life member of the Moores Hill American Legion, the DAV in Eminence, Kentucky & the VFW in Aurora, Indiana. Russell will be remembered for his love of still board shooting, turkey hunting, rabbit hunting, squirrel hunting, fishing & socializing with his family & friends. Russell died at 9:58 am, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at his residence in Patriot, Indiana.
Russell will be missed by his daughters: Karen Sue Boone & her husband: Roger of Vevay, IN; Shirre Brandon of Ryker’s Ridge, IN; his son: Ralph Nelson Fitzgerald & his wife: Lee Ann of Spencer, WI; his step-daughter: Priscilla Probst & her husband: Allen of Aurora, IN; his step-son: Jerry McCreary & his wife: Lois of LaFollette, TN; his several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Elijah Preston & Mattie Mary (Emery) Fitzgerald; his wife: Eunice (Scott) Fitzgerald; his sons: Michael Fitzgerald & Russell Preston Fitzgerald; his grandson: Steven Preston Fitzgerald; his sister: Elsie B. Sortwell.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10:00 am, by Rodney L. Nay, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Rising Sun, Indiana.
Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Friday, September 20, 2013, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Full military rites will be conducted by the Vevay American Legion Post #5396 & the Vevay VFW Post #185 at the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Rising Sun, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.