Leon Fitzgerald, 71 / Jan. 6, 1939 — Oct. 19, 2010

Published 3:34 am Friday, October 22, 2010

Leon B. Fitzgerald 71, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Oct. 19, 2010. 

Leon was born and raised in Lansing, Mich., to Leon Lockwood Fitzgerald and Ruth Bowden. 

He attended Everett High School in Lansing and graduated in 1957 at Holt High School, Holt, Mich. He served in the U.S. Navy and is retired from the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission as a liquor store manager after 38 years.

Leon was an avid bowler and very active in the Battle Creek Men’s Bowling Association for nearly 35 years. He was also a director on the Michigan State Bowling Association (USBCBA) and its president in 2007 and 2008.

Leon was united in marriage to the former Sharon Laxton in February 1964. 

Surviving are his wife; daughters, Robin (David) Waterman, Windermere, Fla., Tracie (Greg) Richardson, Climax, Mich., Dana (Benton) Wood, Orlando, Fla. and Vicki (Fred) Glomb, Battle Creek, Mich.; sisters, Marjorie (Edward) Homer, Elgin, Ill. and Sandra (Donald) Taylor, Eaton Rapids, Mich. 

Leon was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Irene Orr-Ueberroth.

Visitation is one hour prior to service Oct. 30, 2010, 1 p.m. at The Potter’s House Church, 226 Capital Ave., N.E., Battle Creek, MI 49017.

Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1, 2010 Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Michigan.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the family at www.brownfuneralhomeniles.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Niles.