Rev. Raymond E. Fitzsimmons Sr.

Rev. Raymond E. Fitzsimmons Sr., 94, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood.

He was born Aug. 5, 1925, at home near Bainbridge in Putnam County, the son of George and Daisy Hale Fitzsimmons. He was married to Barbara Flentge on June 12, 1947. She preceded him in death Oct. 22, 2015.

Survivors include: four sons, Raymond Jr. (Zoie) Fitzsimmons of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Bruce (Sara) Fitzsimmons of Versailles, Galen (Becky) Fitzsimmons of Indianapolis and Dean (Martha) Fitzsimmons of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Freda (Gary) Warinner of Alton, Illinois; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and sister Norma Jean Bishop of North Salem.

Rev. Fitzsimmons was a 1943 graduate of Bainbridge High School and a 1950 graduate of the Columbia, South Carolina Bible College. He was an Army veteran of World War II, enlisting in the military on Jan. 12, 1944. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 309th Infantry seeing action in the Rhineland Campaign. For service to his country Rev. Fitzsimmons was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Oak Leaf Cluster with one Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Rev. Fitzsimmons was a former pastor in Darlington and was a former employee of Montgomery Ward in Crawfordsville.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod, with his son Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 5 p.m. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Roachdale Cemetery, with military graveside rites.

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