Joe B. Fitzpatrick

Joe B. Fitzpatrick
Joe B. Fitzpatrick of Plainwell passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at his home. Mr. Fitzpatrick was born February 19, 1932 in Swampton, KY, the son of Charles and Grace (Howard) Fitzpatrick.  He served in the U. S. Army and worked for the State of Michigan at the MichiganCareerTechnicalCenter (formerly S.T.I.) for over 20 years, retiring in 1992. He also worked for Martin and WaylandSchools and Valley Metal in Plainwell. He enjoyed following NASCAR, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In 1951, in Angola, IN, he married Clarice Bailey, who survives. Also surviving are 4 children, Rodney Fitzpatrick of Shelbyville, Ronald (Maxine) Fitzpatrick of Cherokee Village, AR, Sharon (Phil) Anson of Plainwell, Kim (Mark) Bourdo of Plainwell; 8 grandchildren, Heidi and Kevin, Eric and April, Mark and Christina, Dana and Nate, Jodi and Matt, Hunter, Kim and Darren, Michelle; 8 great grandchildren, Madison, Tori, Bailey Jo, Ethan, Jeremiah, Kylie, Heather, Kaitlyn; 11 brothers and sisters, Henry, Etoyla, Della, Rose, Patsy, Bonnie, Donna, Paul, Barb, Faye and Carol; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rick Fitzpatrick. Friends may meet with his family from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Martin United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Lane officiating. Interment with military honors will be at OakhillCemetery, Orangeville. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Wings of Hope Hospice.
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