The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Obituaries

June 5, 2011

Robert S. Fitzgerald


Robert S. Fitzgerald died at his home in Joplin, Mo., as a result of the tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

He was born in Granby, Mo., to Shelby and Freda (Nunn) Fitzgerald on Dec. 22, 1949. Robert graduated from Granby High School, attended Crowder College and MSSU.

He was an army veteran from the Vietnam era and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. His great nephew, Tyler, plays ball for the local Food-4-Less team in Joplin, and his great-uncle, Robert was his greatest fan. He also loved putting on the “Santa Hat” and being Santa Claus to the nieces and nephews. He was a collector of music and loved to read. If you made friends with Robert he was your friend for life.

Robert was a 10-year cancer survivor. He had battled cancer two different times.

Robert is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marti (Cupps) Fitzgerald.

Additional survivors include his brother, Max Fitzgerald and wife, Kathy, of Lowell, Ark.; sisters, Donna Fullerton, Granby, and Lana Deadmond, of Branson, and Gordon and wife, Mary Jo Cupps, of Branson; nephews, Nathan Deadmond and wife, Michelle, of Kansas City, Chad Deadmond, Branson, Brian Fitzgerald and wife, Christal, of Sinking Springs, Pa., JR Fullerton, Granby, and Will Cupps (Amanda Daugherty), of Joplin; nieces, Melissa Cupps, Branson, and Serena Tinsley and husband, Kendon, Joplin; great-nephews, Tyler Tinsley, Fletcher Cupps and Luke Fitzgerald; and great-niece, Addison Cupps.

Robert worked over 27 years for Wal-Mart and called them his “Wal-Mart Family.” Through his cancer battles the “family” was wonderful and gave great support.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Ben Cupps; and his mother-in-law, Phyllis Cupps Darby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bright Futures in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, MO 64844.

Robert will be cremated with services pending until his wife, Marti, recovers from injuries due to the May 22, 2011 tornado.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby.

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