Larry J. Fitzgerald, a lifelong resident of Lafayette, was born March 14, 1927 and died peacefully March 6, 2016 in Indianapolis. Son of the late John and Stephania Fitzgerald, he grew up with his eight brothers on the family farm in Stockwell, IN. He graduated from Stockwell High School in 1945, attended Purdue University and served in the Korean conflict. He married Marjorie Butz in 1954 and they were faithful and active members of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish. Together they raised five children. Larry began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1950. He was proud to take over his father's rural letter carrier route in 1962 and enjoyed delivering the mail to the residents of Clarks Hill, Stockwell, and Romney, for 25 years. After he retired, Larry worked at Purdue athletic events and the Purdue golf course. He loved golfing with family and friends. He supported Catholic education, served on the CC school board, and chaired the Dollars for Scholars program. Larry had a strong faith throughout his life.
His high level of energy was admired by many. He was a fan of the CC Knights, Purdue Boilermakers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and all the sports and activities his grandchildren were involved in.
Surviving are his loving wife of over 61 years Marjorie, brothers Max (Nancy) Fitzgerald of Lafayette and Steve (Charlene) of Chelsea, MI, his four children: Jeanne (Doug) Mason of Indianapolis, Susie (Chris) Bott of Wadsworth, OH, Dennis of Maumee, OH, and Nancy (Dan) Bellovary of Indianapolis. Also surviving are 17 devoted grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Larry is preceded in death by his son, Philip, and brothers, Vincent, Donald, Patrick, Robert, Richard and Timon.
Visitation 4 -7 pm Wednesday, Rosary at 4 pm at Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, Lafayette. Mass at 11:00 am at St. Mary Cathedral with Fr. Bob Klemme and Fr. Jeff Martin concelebrating. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lafayette, IN. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to St. Mary Cathedral.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, Lafayette
1104 Columbia Street
Lafayette, Indiana 47901
Thursday, March 10, 2016
St. Mary Cathedral
1207 Columbia St.
Lafayette, IN 47901