June 5, 2019
Donald Joseph Fitzgerald, 96, of Hutchinson passed away Wednesday, June 5, at Woodstone Senior Living Center in Hutchinson. Memorial service was Thursday, June 13, at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Officiating was the Rev. Dave Wollan. Organist was Shirley Holtz. Soloist was David Skaar performing “How Great Thou Art,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Just As I Am” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Military honors by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad. Honorary urn bearers were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Urn bearer was Jessica Abeln.
Donald Joseph Fitzgerald was born June 19, 1922, in Slayton. He was the son of Frank and Regina (Kearns) Fitzgerald. Donald was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education in Hutchinson and was a graduate of Hutchinson High School Class of 1940.
Donald was inducted into the U. S. Army Oct. 6, 1942. He entered active service Oct. 29, 1942, at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Award. He was honorably discharged Dec. 19, 1945, at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin as a TEC4.
On Dec. 2, 1966, Donald was united in marriage to Yvonne Peterson at the Little Chapel in South Dakota. Yvonne and Donald resided in Hutchinson. They also resided in Florida for several years, where they managed a Days Inn and a private motel. Donald and Yvonne had shared 41 years of marriage when Yvonne passed May 21, 2008.
Donald was employed as a bus driver for the Zephyr Bus Line for 20 years, a custodian at Faith Lutheran Church, and a delivery driver for Napa Auto Parts until 2007. He enjoyed farming with his brother-in-law, Stan. Donald also raised sheep and steer. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling in the RV with his wife, Yvonne. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Blessed be his memory.
Donald is survived by his children, Judy Holmes and her husband Bruce, Bruce Bruhn and his wife Lorelle of Farmington, Maine, Bonnie Richards and her husband Len of Billings, Montana, Shelly Fitzgerald and Dale of Hutchinson and Steven Bruhn and his wife Nancy of Hutchinson; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Regina Fitzgerald; wife Yvonne Fitzgerald; siblings, Henry Fitzgerald, Leonard Fitzgerald, Leo Fitzgerald, Duane Fitzgerald and Bonita Marks.
Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at hantge.com.