OBITUARY ~ RICHARD LEE "RICH" FITZGERALD
October 21, 1937 ~ May 31, 2011
Funeral services for Richard FITZGERALD, age 73 of Lenox, formerly of Bedford and Corning will be held Friday, June 2,
2011 at 10:00 AM at the Untied Presbyterian Church in Lenox. Visitation will be Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home
in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held in the Oak Hill Cemetery in
Corning. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be given in Richard's name. Memories may be shared with the
family at www.ritchiefunerlahome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.
Richard Lee FITZGERALD was born October 21, 1937 to Orville “Pete” and Winnie (MILLER) FITZGERALD in a Taylor County
farmhouse west of Sharpsburg, Iowa.
He departed this life May 31, 2011 at the Clearview Nursing home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 73 years 7 months and
Rich grew up in Taylor County attending rural schools and graduated in 1956 from Sharpsburg. After high
school, he worked as a bookkeeper at Taygold Cooperative in Clearfield. He started farming with the help of a graduation
gift from his parents – an Allis Chalmers tractor.
On May 17, 1957 he was married to his high school sweetheart Jeanie
BROWN at the Lenox Manse. Three children blessed this union: Ronald Dean, Christine Kay and Brian Lee.
Over the years, Rich enjoyed milking cows, raising hogs and cattle, and tending to row crops. He enjoyed the company of
"the guys" whether it was farming or drinking coffee on rainy days. Rich farmed with Kenny BREACH for 17 years and his
son Ron for 8 years before moving to Charles City in 1985.
In 1986, he went to work for Crestland Cooperative where he managed the new Lenox branch. After several years, he became
sales rep for the Co-op, covering Adams, Taylor and Ringgold counties. He retired in 2000.
Rich was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder for both the Sharpsburg and Corning
churches. With Jean, they served as Youth Fellowship leaders.
His family was one of the most important treasures in his life. He looked forward to planning family vacations each year
and making memories that would last forever. Rich liked playing cards and visiting with family and friends.
After he retired Rich enjoyed working in his woodshop and fishing. He looked forward to spending time with his friends
at the Tiger Den.
Rich was a man of integrity and honesty. He was a great role model to his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
Left to cherish Rich's memory is his wife of 54 years, Jean of Lenox; son, Ron (Susie) FITZGERALD of Bedford; daughter,
Chris (Mike) IRVIN of Bedford; son, Brian (Tamara) FITZGERALD of Prescott; grandchildren, Jason FITZGERALD, Brandi COLE,
Jackie WARD, Michael IRVIN, Jennifer BRUCK, Elyse MOORE, Jessica FLETCHER, Makinna, Conner, Jaycee and Levi FITZGERALD;
great-grandchildren Ainsley, Austin, Allison, Ian, Alivia, Morgan, Kayden, Hartley, Nicholas and Kenley; numerous
in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joan CORDELL, and great-grandson Hunter COLE.
Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather and steward of the land.
We will all miss his gentle smile, wit and humor.
Funeral services were held June 3 at 10:00 a.m. at
United Presbyterian Church, Lenox, Iowa. Interment was made at Oak Hill Cemetery, Corning, Iowa.
Home of Lenox, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2012
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