MASON CITY -- John Joseph "Joe" Fitzpatrick, 98, of the Good Shepherd Nursing Home died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 under Hospice care at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, February 8, at Epiphany Parish-St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mason City. The Rev. Rodney Allers was the Celebrant.
Burial was in the Bohemian Cemetery, Plymouth. Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to John Joseph Fitzpatrick Memorial. The family will be dividing memorials among Joe's charities of choice.
John Joseph Fitzpatrick was born Oct. 31, 1915, in Emmetsburg, the oldest of six children of Edward Thomas and Geneiva Cecelia (Donahue) Fitzpatrick. Joe attended school in Emmetsburg and served in the U.S. Army in WWII
He was united in marriage to Edna Lucy Kunz on Dec. 31, 1946. They were blessed with two children.
Joe's passion was driving, for work and pleasure, beginning with driving a truck for his uncle at the age of 10. In 1947 after moving to Mason City he drove much of his career, until his "first retirement" from Deckers/Armour of Mason City. He then continued driving for 3-M and Michaelsen truck lines. Joe finally "fully retired" after driving a transit bus for the city of Mason City for 19 years.
During his WWII service in the Army, Joe drove trucks with an artillery unit. He also operated amphibious "ducks" delivering troops and supplies from ship to shore. He also served as driver to various Army officers. He spent 30 months overseas in the Aleutian Islands and the Philippines.
Joe loved spending time with family and visiting with friends. He was a faithful follower of his children's and grandchildren's music and athletic events. He was always ready to lend a hand whenever and however his family needed him.
Joe was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, VFW, and the Knights of Columbus.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Carol McClary; son, Michael Fitzpatrick; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Fitzpatrick; grandchildren, Bryce (Suzanne) Fitzpatrick, Tara (Phillip) Dimitros and Kyle Fitzpatrick and his great-grandchildren, Cullen, Gabriel, and Kian.
He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and siblings, Ethel Neibauer, Edward Eugene Fitzpatrick, Donald Fitzpatrick, Rachel Reger, and infant sister, Mary Jean Fitzpatrick, and most recently his son-in-law Norman McClary.