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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Vaughn J. Fitzgerald

July 3, 1927 – October 17, 2007

Vaughn J. “Curly” Fitzgerald, 80 of Rockford passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007. He was born July 3, 1927 in Knobel (Tipperary), Arkansas. He is the son of Clarence and Lena (Burns) Fitzgerald. Vaughn married Betty (Cox) Fitzgerald on December 13, 1950 in Rockford, IL.

Vaughn served with the United States Navy during WWII. He was active with the Navy for 6 years and with the reserves for 8 years.

Survivors include: his wife Betty; sons Vaughn J. (Karen) Fitzgerald, Jr. of Westminster, MD; Rodney Fitzgerald of Elgin, IL and Greg (Pat) Fitzgerald of Rockford; grandchildren Luther, Avery, Andrew, Leah, Sarah, Nick and Rachel; great- grandchildren Donovan and Ayden; one sister, Rita Pemberton, and one brother, Rex Fitzgerald of Arkansas; numerous loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and also his brothers Eugene, Dewey, Donny and Nyal Fitzgerald.

“Curly” owned several used-car dealerships over a 30 year span while helping several people get started in the business. He enjoyed playing cards and pool throughout his life. He will be remembered for his generosity, his comical demeanor and sense of humor as well as his fantastic stories of his southern roots.

Funeral Service will be Monday, October 22, 2007 at 11 a.m. in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., with Pastor Robert Bailey of the Silver Hill Pentecostal Church officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 5-8 p.m. and Monday morning from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park. To express condolences online, please visit


Sarah said...

He sounded like a wonderful man who lived a very full life. Prayers for his famlily

PJ said...

Yes. And...The ironic thing is he would probably find the circumstances of his demise amusing and tell a funny story about it! But his sweet little wife needs our prayers.


Anonymous said...

His demise came through being shot and killed by Rockford IL Police department.

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