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Robert FitzSimmons, 84

Robert “Bob” A. FitzSimmons, age 84, of Good Thunder, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Bob was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Mankato, to Myles and Rose (Lorentz) FitzSimmons. He graduated from Good Thunder High School in 1943.

Bob served his country in the US Army from 1944 to 1946, in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Caven July 13, 1948, in Vernon Center.

Bob was a lifetime farmer in the Good Thunder area.

He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Good Thunder, a charter member of Good Thunder American Legion Post 616, and member of Mankato VFW Post 950. Bob was also a former member of the Amboy-Good Thunder School Board.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially attending their sporting events; hunting, fishing, farm mechanics, wintering in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and traveling. His most recent trip, in April 2009, was to Washington DC with Alice and his nine children to see the WWII Memorial.

Robert is survived by twin daughters, Laureen (Dean) Sohre of Good Thunder, and Maureen (Larry) Hollerich of Amboy; seven sons, Tom (Cindy) of Good Thunder, Pat (Marie) of Dassel, John (Jan), Richard (Julie), Paul (Gina), Bill (Gretchen), all of Good Thunder, and Mark (Suzy) of Eagle Lake; 31 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Jane Wandersee of Mankato, and Margaret (Conley) Hiller of Good Thunder; three sisters-in-law, Bernadine Dickey, Margaret Flintrop, and Eleanor Caven; special friend and caregiver, Alice Glover of Eads, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie, March 20, 1998; an infant son, Robert, Jr.; and a brother, Mike.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Good Thunder with Rev. Brian Sutton officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Mankato Mortuary, with a 2:30 p.m. prayer service, and continued Thursday at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were by Mankato Mortuary.