Obituary for Buzz Fitzgerald, 78

April 04,1941 To October 24,2019,

3-6 PM, Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow

Funeral Services
10 AM, Monday, October 28, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Glasgow

Washington Cemetery - Glasgow

St. Mary School or Our Lady of Help - Frankenstein, MO or GHS Athletics Booster Club

Buzz Fitzgerald 1941 – 2019 Longtime Glasgow resident, Buzz Fitzgerald, 78, passed away at Glasgow Gardens on October 24, 2019. James Arthur “Buzz” Fitzgerald was born in Jefferson City, MO on April 4, 1941, the son of James Walter and Hildagarde (Boillot) Fitzgerald. Buzz graduated from Fatima High School and furthered his education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Lincoln University. On December 26, 1962, Buzz married the love of his life, Dena Elsenrath. Together they’ve enjoyed nearly 57 years of marriage. Buzz worked as a private river contractor for 20 years. He then worked for the Corps of Engineers for 28 years, retiring in 2008. He proudly carried the title of River Rat. Buzz was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Glasgow. He was also active in his local community as well as other communities in need; Lions Club, K of C, Rotary Club, Glasgow City Council, KC BBQ Society, KC Indian Center, Glasgow Senior Center Board member, Missouri Historic Society and all his years invested in Battle Reenactments in Glasgow. History of any kind was always an interest to Buzz, especially American Indian History. His love for history also took him and Dena (and at times, their children) on many adventurous vacations…canoeing on the White River, visiting Indian Reservations, Yellowstone Park, Grand Canyon, Ireland, Canadian fishing and so much more. Buzz also mastered some cooking skills. His Cajun smoked turkey, meticulously patted burgers and pork steaks, and any kind of BBQ plus the tradition of kettle beef. Survivors include his wife, Dena Fitzgerald, of Glasgow; four children, Sharryn (Brett) Hawkes of Bonnots Mill, MO, Dawna (Frank) Sbisa, of Lee’s Summit MO, Jonathan (Melanie) Fitzgerald, of Glasgow, MO, and Debra (Todd) Carmack, Glasgow, MO; 13 grandchildren, Chelsea, Dakota, Tanner, Alexis, Hunter, Blade, Amber, Skyler, Baylee, Rylee, Malia, Laken and Kaden; five great-grandchildren, Michael, Brylyn, Leo, Noah and Lincoln; sister, Lucille McGrath, of Fulton, MO; and sister and brother-in-law, Jinny (Rob) Nordmeyer, of Franklin, TN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Monday, October 28, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Glasgow, with Fr. Paul Hartley officiating. Visitation will be 3-6 PM, Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow. Rosary will be held immediately following the visitation at 6 PM. Interment is at Washington Cemetery in Glasgow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s School in Glasgow, Our Lady of Help in Frankenstein, and GHS Athletic Booster Club in care of the funeral home.