John Law Fitzgerald, Jr., age 93, of Vandalia, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mexico, Mo.
Visitation was held on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Interment took place in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
John Law Fitzgerald, Jr. was born on December 17, 1921 in Indianola, Iowa, the son of John Law and Edith (Hershey) Fitzgerald.
He graduated from Vandalia High School in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and fought in WWII in the Moroccan, Tunisian, Sicilian, and the Italian Campaigns.
He received five Bronze Stars and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received at the Battle of Anzio, Italy in 1944. He was a Tech. Sgt. serving as a Platoon Sergeant in the 15th Infantry.
He married Dorothy Jane Wanstreet of Vandalia on February 4, 1945. He went to the St. Louis School Pharmacy year round to receive his Pharmacy degree in three years.
John worked at Weiser Drug in Vandalia until purchasing the store from Vernie Weiser in 1972 and later changing the name to Vandalia Drug. Several years later, he and Hal Clinton of Rexall Drug joined forces at Vandalia Drug in a partnership. John and Hal sold the drug store to Joe Salois in 1995.
John was an avid golfer and was a charter member that built the Vandalia Country Club. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and made trips to the state of Washington, the Great Smoky Mountains, Canada and shorter trips.
John loved his kids and really enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids.
Survivors include his sister Alice Wright, of Escondido, Calif.; two sons, Mike and wife Janelle, of Lake Winnebago, and Pat and wife Barbara, of Columbia; one daughter Molly and husband Dean Arnett, of Springfield, Ark.; two grandsons, Ryan Fitzgerald, of Kansas City, Mo., and Aaron and wife Jessica, of Lake Winnebago; three granddaughters Allyson and husband Josh Sebolt, of Lee’s Summit; Sarah and Alexis Arnett, of Springdale, Ark.; two great-grandsons, Timothy and Silas Sebolt; and two great-granddaughters Joanna Sebolt and Ellie Jane Fitzgerald. Dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife Jane.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the First Baptist Church of Vandalia or the National Parkinson Foundation.