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Thomas A. Fitzgerald

Thomas Adley "Tom" Fitzgerald, age 80, of Philip, died Friday, February 16, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, February 20, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Barb Bowen, organist, Beth Fitzgerald, vocalist, and congregational hymns. Ushers were Amanda, Abby and Cassi Fitzgerald and Stephanie Knutson. Active pallbearers were Andy, Dustin, Scott and Shawn Fitzgerald, Jason Knutson, Brock Smith and Josh Carlson.

Private family interment will take place at the Milesville Cemetery in Milesville, SD.

Thomas Adley Fitzgerald was born on May 21, 1926, at Bonilla, SD, the son of William James and Clara Ellen (Adley) Fitzgerald. In 1929 the family moved to the Milesville Community where he attended grade school and later attended Philip High School.

On September 12, 1948, Tom was united in marriage to Eileen Nelson and to this union four children were born. Together they continued to live in Milesville where they farmed and ranched until 1989. Since that time, they have lived in Philip and Pierre.

Tom served on the King School Board, Milesville Hall Board, Hardingrove Church Board, and from 1974 to 1995 he served on the West Central Electric Board. He was a member of the United Church of Philip, the Pierre Senior Citizens and the Bad River Senior Citizens of Philip. Tom enjoyed farming and ranching, visiting with his many neighbors and friends, and mostly being with his family. His favorite past times were playing baseball as a young man and playing cards as he got older.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife of 58 years, Eileen Fitzgerald of Philip; twin sons, David Fitzgerald and his wife, Maralynn, of Philip, and Dean Fitzgerald and his wife, Janice, of Philip; a daughter, Carla DeLeon and her husband, Michael, of Rapid City; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Fitzgerald of Memphis, TN; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, George Fitzgerald of Milesville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by a son, Greg Fitzgerald; his parents, William J. and Clara (Adley) Fitzgerald; and a brother, James Fitzgerald.

A memorial is established.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com