- November 3, 2014
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“It was just a last week that I heard of Olivers passing... that came as a shock. Oliver never said he had a bad heart, never showed signs if even...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: BETTY CHILLDRES - FORT WAYNE, IN
“Rest in Peace
2 of 25 | Posted by: Tony Lockhart
“THIS IS WHAT I KNOW ABOUT OLIVER. WE WERE TOGETHER FOR 6 YEARS WHEN WE WERE YOUNG. HE WAS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND I WILL THINK OF HIM EVERY DAY UNTIL...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: sandra whitz - Clearwater, FL
“You will be missed
4 of 25 | Posted by: Janet Weicht - Charlottw, MI
RIP, one hell'uv a paratrooper, and friend. I will miss you, but your memory will always be in my heart.
5 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Blalock - Marietta, GA
“I"ve known Al since 1977.My sister and I used to hang out at his house on Goshen Rd when It was behind the drive in movie theater.We could sit in his...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Jennifer Hakes - Fort Wayne, IN
“I met Al many many years ago through my good friend, Margaret Bohde. I spent many Halloween parties in his presence which always stood out. He was...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Lynn Scholfield - Lima
“Al had just left the parachute team for Viet Nam when I arrived. Former team members spoke well of him and I remember them speaking of "good...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Charlie Hall - Mt. Pleasant, SC
“HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTON, HE ALWAYS SMILED AND FELT GREAT WHEN HE GOT TO SEE HIS GRANDBABIES, AND HIS SON OLLEY, AND DAUGHTER LORI, AND HE WOULD...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: JASON MCFARREN - Fort Wayne, IN
You might have jumped out of the planes before me, you served long before me, but we still had that bond. I am going to miss seeing you &...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Ernie DeWeese - Fort Wayne, IN
“REST IN PEACE AIRBORNE!
We will miss you in Saturday's Veteran's Day Parade but we also know that your spirit will always be amongst us.
God Bless...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Sergeants Major (ret) James Olds - IN
“We have enjoyed listening to your stories about Vietnam and the Golden Knights. Best was watching you with the family, especially the grandchildren....Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Danny and Vicky Walchle - IN
“I met Al once, 40 years ago, the man certainly made an impression...best wishes to all his friends and family.
13 of 25 | Posted by: B.E.Pulver - Huntington, IN
“I met Al in 1982 after I my divorce, he changed my life forever. He was the most most caring man I have ever known . If you were lucky enough to be...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Phil Bohde - south whitley, IN
“On behalf of the Golden Knights Alumni Association, we want to give our sincere sympathies to the family of Al. We are proud to have him as a member...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Bruce Wicks
“I met Al in May 2014, and we instantly clicked. He liked the fact that I lived in the Fort Campbell (101st Screaming Eagles) area. A couple times a...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Joan Gebert - FORT WAYNE, IN
“AL YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW YOU & LOVED YOU,MAY GOD KEEP YOU IN HIS SPECIAL PLACE. MCDONALDS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITH OUT THERE. LOVE...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: STEVE GEBERT - FORT WAYNE, IN
“A wonderful man that I was so fortunate to have pass through my life. The Commander and members of the US Army Parachute Team thank you for your...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Donna Dixon - Ft. Bragg,, NC
“Blue skies, Sarge. You won't need that wheelchair any more.
19 of 25 | Posted by: Frederick Vogt - Grand Rapids, MI
“Thank you for your service "Al," your friendship, your brotherhood, your laughter and more. We know that you have now joined the communion of saints,...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Robert - Richmond, MI
“Praying for his family .. He was so proud and loved you all so much. Love ya Sgt. Rock! Really can't believe you won't be around to talk about all...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Audra - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend
“Great man,truly will be missed by many.
22 of 25 | Posted by: Emily and Terry Schlotterback - IN
“Al was a GOOD MAN.
23 of 25 | Posted by: Ray Garin - Mound, MN
“Loved Al "Cut A Way" like a brother, he will be missed by all the knew him.
24 of 25 | Posted by: Marshall Gagne - Tryon, NC
“Fitz was one of the guys who always seemed to be in good spirits, no matter what was happening in his life. His smile was legendary as was his...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Ronald K. Springer - East Lansing, MI
E. Oliver "Al" Fitzwater Jr, 73, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Oliver was the owner of Fitzwater and Sons Hauling. He was a US Army Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. Oliver was a member of the Golden Knights, the 101st and 82nd Airborne Associations -- Michigan Chapter as well as the American Legion Post 82 and the DAV Post 40. He held the office of Vice-President of the Military Order of the Purple Heart local chapter. Sgt. Rock loved God, his country and family. He enjoyed skydiving and loved his grandchildren. Surviving are his daughter, Lori K (Michael) Ianucilli of South Whitley, IN; son, E. Oliver (Sarah) Fitzwater, III of New Haven, IN; sister, Jenny (Tom) Busch of Fort Wayne, IN; former wife, Kay (Kenn) Putt of New Haven, IN; nephew, Justin "Jake" Busch; niece Lindsay (Austin) Eads; five grandchildren, Nick, Michael and Jacob Ianucilli, Everett Oliver and Kathryn Fitzwater . Oliver was preceded in death by his parents Ellis O. Sr. and Margaret E. Fitzwater, brother, Oren Fitzwater. Funeral Service is Saturday, 10:00 am, November 8, 2014 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road with calling one hour prior. Rev. David Mommens officiating. Calling will also be Friday, November 7, 2014, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Please, no cut flowers. Memorials may be made to the grandchildren's college fund or the local MOPH. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com