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Thomas Glenn Fitzgerald

October 15, 1940 ~ May 16, 2022 (age 81)

Obituary

Thomas Glenn Fitzgerald, 81 of  Great Falls, MT. went to meet his LORD on May 16, 2022, after a three year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 AM, West Side Methodist Church with burial following in Hillcrest Cemetery in Denton, MT., with Pastor David V. Odell officiating.

Tom was born on October 15, 1940 to Floyd F. Fitzgerald and Lavina C. Black, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. He received training in Mechanics while attending Kansas State College before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Out of basic training Tom met his fate when stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT.  He first thought he had landed in the worse place he could be in, but soon was hunting and fishing in his off days.  After traveling home on leave, he decided he was staying in Montana.  Not only did he decide that Montana was a great state, but he met his wife who informed him there was no way he was taking her out of her home state!!

Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years Kathleen Ronish, son Jason Thomas, sister, Marjorie Farris; grand-children Brogan, Brinnen, and Braeden, and a niece Donna Marovich.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Lori Ann, daughter-in-law Jill Roesler, brother F. Donald, and sister Norma Jean. 

Tom was enlisted in the USAF for 8 years with a 13 month tour in Korea, one year after service discharge, he decided to enter the Civil Service at the base.  Tom hated doing paperwork of any kind, so he took home a vast amount of application papers to be filled out. He had Kathy write while he dictated the information. He worked until his retirement at the vehicle maintenance shop that he came into after basic training; He retired in 1995 with 30 years of service.

After retirement, he worked for Indian Hammer Veterinary Clinic and was Water Manager for Sun Prairie Estates for quite some time.  He was also a “hobby farmer” raising certified hay and had a few cows from time to time to keep him busy and give the family a supply of the best beef you could ever eat. At one time or another, the “farm” had horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, geese, pigs, and an adamant goat.

His hobbies included reloading shells, refurbishing antique radios, doing jigsaw puzzles and sudoku, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, and was a amateur radio operator; call sign KB7LBL.

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Services

Memorial Service
Saturday
May 28, 2022

11:00 AM
West Side United Methodist Church
726 Central Ave West
Great Falls, MT 59404

Graveside Service
Saturday
May 28, 2022

3:00 PM
Hillcrest Cemetery
118 Pacer Coulee Rd
Denton, MT 59430

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