William (Bill) Lee Fitzgerald

December 28, 1939 to January 13, 2021

William (Bill) Lee Fitzgerald, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines.

Bill was born on December 28, 1939 to the late Lyle Edward Fitzgerald and Carolyn Jesse Fitzgerald (Kelso). He graduated from Des Moines Lincoln High School in 1958. He served as an active member of the Air National Guard from September 1956 to February 1959. Bill then served 32 years on the Des Moines Police Department from December 1962 to January 1995; retiring as Lieutenant. In his retirement, Bill worked as a security guard for Lutheran and Methodist Hospitals.

Bill and his wife, Inez, enjoyed many summer weekends at their Lake Ponderosa home with family and friends. After retiring, Bill and Inez spent winters in Arizona and Texas. Some of Bill's favorite hobbies and passions included: wood working, traveling to watch his grandchildren's sporting events, volunteering with the Knights of Columbus, helping his neighbors whenever possible, and bragging about his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Inez Fitzgerald; his older brother James Fitzgerald; his son Paul (Barbara) Fitzgerald, son William (Jeanne) Fitzgerald Jr., and daughter Carol (Jim) Conway; his grandchildren Jason (Jessica) Fitzgerald, Jamie (Caitlyn) Fitzgerald, Brian (Sarah Holmes) Evans, Erin Evans, David Conway and Joseph Fitzgerald; great grandchildren Apollo Potter, Cora Fitzgerald and Camden Fitzgerald; and special family friend, Carol Tanner.

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