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Ronald L. Fitzpatrick

Ronnie passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Hallmark Living in Kalamazoo.

He was born October 8, 1955 in Plainwell the son of Joe and Clarice (Bailey) Fitzpatrick. Ronnie had worked at Rock Tenn Paper Mill in Otsego. After the mill closed he moved with his family to Arkansas. There he had worked for Cherokee Village Service Center until his health declined and he retired.

In his spare time Ronnie enjoyed following NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. In April 1976 he married Maxine Hartwell who passed away in 2015.

Surviving are his daughter, Heidi Holland of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; 3 grandchildren, Madison, Bailey and Jeremiah; his mother, Clarice Fitzpatrick of Plainwell; twin brother, Rodney Fitzpatrick; sisters, Sharon (Phil) Anson and Kim (Mark) Bourdo along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in 2009 and his wife.

Friends may visit with Ronnie’s family from 5-8 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held  at the Wortham Funeral Home in Arkansas.

Burial will take place at Spotts Cemetery in Poughkeepie, Arkansas.

Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to

American Diabetes Association.

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August 29, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Ronnie (dad) was like a dad to me he will be missed and loved


Agnes Vanarsdal

August 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Sharon, Mike and my deepest sympathy.

Agnes Vanarsdal


Fallyen & Janene Fitzpatrick

August 29, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your son, brother and father. Know that Ronnie is now at peace.

May God be with all of your family.

Fallyen & Janene Fitzpatrick


Sheryl White

August 29, 2018 at 5:55 pm

So sorry to hear about Ronnie, he has been such a good friend I really can’t express my feelings in a post There is just to many memories and i was so happy to have had time to visit with him when he came home


Tami vanarsdal

August 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm

I will really miss ronnie. We had so many many laughs. Ill never forget our dumpster diving, our trips to the races and laughs about many things. I will keep a watch out for the no see em bugs.


Connie Vanarsdal

August 29, 2018 at 6:22 pm

So sorry Sharon


Ellen S. Conley Jolliffe

August 29, 2018 at 6:44 pm

I am so sorry for your families loss.


Donna ( Reed ) Hall

August 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm

I want to send my deepest sympathy To All of Ronnies family!! I’ve know him and his for many years!! May God comfort all of your hearts at this difficult time!! Fly with the Angels Ronnie!!! Love to all of you!! <3


Jane Mena

August 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Spending my deepest condolences. May God comfort you in this dark tome


Pat Daniels

August 29, 2018 at 8:31 pm

Our hearts are heavy for each one of you. Death can not take our precious memories, he will live on through them. Until we meet again Ronnie where time will be an eternity never to part again.


Tamey Hemminger

August 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

So sorry for the loss of Ronnie, prayers for his family at this difficult time.

R.I.P Ronnie.


Debbie Walley

August 29, 2018 at 10:14 pm

My deepest sympathies to you all. May God be your strength during this difficult time. Debbie Hall Walley.


Sandy and Dan Fleming

August 29, 2018 at 10:16 pm

Sharon so sorry for your loss. Dan and I want to extend our sincere and deepest sympathy to you and all of his family.


LaRayne Sweet

August 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm

So sorry to hear this, my prayers are with all of you.


Pam Dykes

August 29, 2018 at 11:28 pm

My deepest heartfelt condolences to all the Fitzpatrick,brother,sisters,Heidi,Maddie and Bailey,and Jeremiah..I always called Ronnie a good friend.He will be missed,never forgotten


Steve Wright

August 30, 2018 at 2:49 am

Sending my deepest condolences to all the Fitzpatrick Family in this difficult time.


Marla Augustine

August 30, 2018 at 7:23 am

So sorry for your loss our deepest sympathy Ron and Marla Augustine


Betty Pritchett

August 30, 2018 at 10:14 am

Clarice & family, I am so sorry. My thoughts & prayers are with you.


Albert and Patsy Hoekstra

August 30, 2018 at 1:39 pm

We are saddened by this news…Ronnie has been a friend of Albert’s most of his life. Albert too suffers with diabetes. We will miss Ron!


Jay & Deanne Bourdo

August 30, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Sending you all hugs and love. Still having a hard time with this as we really cared for Ronnie. We will miss him and his humor. Prayers sent to you all. Love you guys…


Lynne Boss Fahrne

August 30, 2018 at 6:54 pm

Clarice and family, so sorry to hear about Ronnie’s passing. God bless you with peace, guidance, love and comfort. Love to all of you.


Colleen Elkins

August 31, 2018 at 12:18 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the strength of the Lord comforts you all in this difficult time. I am heartbroken for you all. RIP Ronnie


Denice Lawrence

August 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Aunt Clarice, and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

Love you!


Barb Blanchard

September 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Sharon, Phil and family so sorry for your loss.


Amy Predum & Ashton

September 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm

You will be missed. You were a dear friend to Ashton and I. Hopefully we see you again someday. We miss you and think of you daily.


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