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Julius E. Fitzner passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the age of 93, at the NM State Veteran's Home in Truth or Consequences, NM. Our prayers are with all of the family as hearts are broken for our incredible loss, but we rejoice that he is now with the Lord and has, once again, been reunited with his beloved wife!
He was a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and Friend and he will be dearly missed. He was such an elegant man who lived his life to the fullest every day. Julius was born during what is historically known as the "Blizzard of 1918" on the family homestead near Logan, NM. He was Class President, Valedictorian, and a graduate of Logan High School, Class of 1937, as was his future wife, who was the Salutatorian. He married Lake Welch June 1, 1939, and they were married until her passing in 1972. He was appointed Postmaster at Rosebud, NM, in 1940 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, making him the youngest Postmaster in the US. In WWII, he served as a combat soldier in the US Army. He has been a resident of Tucumcari since 1947 where he first moved to manage a hardware store. He was appointed Regional Postmaster in 1957 at Tucumcari, NM, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and served in that capacity for 23 years until his retirement in 1980. He has been a member of the Center Street United Methodist Church in Tucumcari since 1947, local Director of the Salvation Army during the 1960's-70's, member of National Association of Postmasters since 1957, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, Honorary Member of the NARFE (National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees) for over 30 years, member of Rotary International and a Charter Member of the Republican National Committee since 1980. He lived a very active life while residing at Ruidoso Downs, NM, for 11 years where he became a Dwight D. Eisenhower Ambassador, traveling many countries in Asia, Europe, and most major cities in the US. Most of all he enjoyed his wonderful home and the community in Tucumcari, where his loving neighbors, friends, and family always gathered. Especially our family friends, Evelyn Mayfield, and his neighbors, the Stan Strong family and amazing children, who all embraced him as their own. He loved his entire family and friends more than anything on this earth and now he is with so many of those we love that have gone before hand someday we will have the greatest reunion of all!
Surviving Mr. Fitzner are his two daughters, Mrs. Judith (William) Killgore of Elephant Butte, NM, and Ms. Marilyn Fitzner of Mesquite, TX; two grandchildren, Dr. William D. Scott Killgore, Ph.D. of Cambridge, MA, and Mrs. Kriston (Ric) Rutherford of Albuquerque, NM. Also surviving are one great-granddaughter, Siobhan (Joshua) Chrosniak of Carlisle, PA; one great-grandson, Turner Conrad of San Antonio, TX; one brother, Verdian Fitzner of Palisade, CO; two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred H. and Clara Fitzner; by five brothers, Herman, Ray, Lawrence, Clarence, and James, and by one sister, Thelma Dugger.
Funeral arrangements are made by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari, where state viewing will be available on Friday, May 4th. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 10:30 AM at the Center Street United Methodist Church in Tucumcari, and a burial with military honors will be at the Tucumcari Memorial Park. Please join us in a celebration of this incredible life.
Published in the Quay County Sun on May 2, 2012
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