John R. Fitzgerald “Lone Wolf”, 68, of Mountain View, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
John was born on July 12, 1952, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the late Kenneth and Virginia Beaird Fitzgerald.
John was a proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard and served in Vietnam; in addition to his military service, John earned an Associate Arts degree in business management and art.
He was a technical welder for 20 years in Oklahoma and a blacksmith for 12 years, four months, and two days at Stone County Ironworks in Mountain View, Arkansas.
During a season of his life, he spread the gospel as the preacher at Church of the Wilderness at his home and taught Sunday School at Grace Fellowship Church of God in Mountain View, Arkansas.
He loved to play guitar and fiddle on the square with his daughter Mary and her children, Cheyenne, Destiny, and Dakota. John was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend and will be greatly missed by all of his loving family and friends.
John is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 48 years, Janice Hambelton Fitzgerald; two daughters, Heather Miller and husband Robert of Paducah, Kentucky, and Mary Kathryn Burns and husband Everett of Mountain View, Arkansas; his twin sons, John Joseph Fitzgerald and wife Autumn and James Isaac Fitzgerald and wife Kelly both of Little Rock, Arkansas; three sisters, Karen Yanity and husband Jack of Pennsylvania, Judy Rutledge and husband Tim of Texas, and Kenna Fitzgerald of Mountain View, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren, Shawnna Wilson and husband Daniel of Ozark, Missouri, Robin Welch and husband Brayden of Cave City, Arkansas, Chloe Fitzgerald of Little Rock, Arkansas, Khristina Miller of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cheyenne Balentine and husband Levi of Mountain View, Arkansas, Destiny Hancock of Mountain View, Arkansas, Ryder Fitzgerald of Little Rock, Arkansas, Dakota Hancock of Mountain View, Arkansas, Jaylo Burns of Mountain View, Arkansas, Beyah Fitzgerald of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rayna Fitzgerald of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Susie Burns of Mountain View, Arkansas; five great-grandchildren, Alan Wilson of Missouri, Jupytr Welch of Cave City, Arkansas, Jaycen Welch of Cave City, Arkansas, Logan Balentine of Mountain View, Arkansas and Kayleigh Welch of Cave City, Arkansas; Curt McClanahan, Scott Harrison, Becky Burns, and Sparky who he loved like his own children and many extended family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Virginia Beaird Fitzgerald, and both his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation is Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Roller Crouch Chapel in Mountain View, Arkansas. Funeral services follow the visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Terry Nance officiating.
Interment will follow the service at Sunnyland Cemetery in Mountain View, Arkansas.
Pallbearers are Levi Balentine, Curt McClanahan, Alex Nance, Brayden Welch, Dakota Hancock, and David Powell.
Honorary pallbearers are Scott Harrison, Dale Seavers, Norbet Sparky, Dar Stow, Terry Nance, and Mark Tolliver.
Military Honors rendered by United States Coast Guard Funeral Honors Team and the Stone County Honor Guard.
Roller Crouch Funeral Home in Mountain View, Arkansas is in charge of the arrangements.