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Fredrick "Rick" Fitch

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Fredrick "Rick" Fitch Obituary
Fredrick "Rick" Fitch

Clear Lake

Dateline: Clear Lake, IA, formerly of Des Moines: Frederick "Rick" David Fitch, 4646 North Shore Dr., Clear Lake, IA died March 6, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa, Mason City, IA.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 8 at the First Congregational Church, 205 W. 10th Ave N., Clear Lake, with Rev. Brad Thornton officiating. Visitation will be Friday March 7, 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake and one hour preceding the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines, IA at a later date. Military Honors will be presented by the Clear Lake V.F.W. According to his wishes, following the service his body will be cremated. Memorials may be given to the First Congregational Church or the Human Society of North Iowa. Rick's belief in organ donation is his last gift to the medical community. It is the "Gift of Life" to let his organs be taken to help others to have a chance at a better life.

Rick was born February 2, 1936 in Des Moines, IA, the son of Gail W. and Charlotte (Stuart) Fitch. Rick was the grandson of F.W. Fitch, who founded the Fitch Shampoo Company. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Iowa State University and Drake. He was drafted into the U.S. Army.

Rick married Beverly Allen in 1958 and they had three children.

Rick married Mary Lou Patton April 16, 1977 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines. At this time the two families merged into one - but Rick always said the dog is "ours".

Rick worked in sales for years; Iowa Drug for many years, then his favorite job at Collegiate Pacific, selling sportswear, especially Iowa State Sportswear. Rick and Mary Lou moved to Clear Lake, IA in 1995.

Rick was a past member of the Clear Lake Noon Lions, where he cooked chicken at 4:00 AM many times. He volunteered with the Clear Lake Yacht Club where he and Mary Lou "saved" many a sailor with their pontoon, good weather and bad. He was an avid fan of all ISU and Chicago sports. He was the Past President of the North Iowa Cyclone Club and implemented having it at the Surf Ballroom.

Rick is survived by his wife Mary Lou Fitch, Clear Lake, IA; his children Frederick David "Rick" Fitch Jr. and his wife Lindy, Norwalk, IA and their children Alicia Fitch, Kelly (Thomas) Selgrade and Shanda (Ben) Lewiston daughter Debra Sue Roberg and her husband Craig, Montrose, CO and their children Michael D. Roberg, Rebecca Ann (Justin) Mashburn and their son Holden; son Scott A. Fitch and his wife "Teddy" of Urbandale and their daughter Leah Fitch; stepson's Scott A Patton and his wife Angela, Westerville, OH and their children Lauren Olivia, Alex Gregory and Will Alan, David L. Patton and his wife LeAnn, Aurelia, IA and their children Lexie and Annika; and brothers Topper (Faith) Fitch, Coral Springs, FL, and Jon (Joyce) Fitch, Green Valley, AZ; and the "ours" dog Tigger.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents and brother Perry Fitch.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 (641)357-2193 ColonialChapels.com

Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 7, 2014
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