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In loving memory of
Curtis L Fitzhugh
  • April 02, 1941
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  • August 02, 2016

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C.L. died on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He died as gracefully as he lived his 75 years. He was a kind and generous soul, always a gentleman with a quick wit and willing spirit. C.L. was born in Clinton, Missouri on April  2nd,1941 to Greta Mae and Curtis Lee Fitzhugh. His home was in Osceola, Missouri, a small town in Southern Missouri. He spent his early days fishing at the pond on the family property and enjoying all the benefits a small boy has growing up in a small town. He moved to Kansas City, Missouri after college and worked for Securities Investment Company where he met his future wife, Karol. Soon after they were married in May, 1965, C.L went to work for TWA in the Finance/Accounting Department at 17th and Baltimore. He left TWA in 1979 to go to work for the Thomas D. Murphy Company in Red Oak, Iowa as the comptroller for this family owned calendar company. When the company was sold in 1985, C.L. and family moved back to Kansas City where he owned and operated Neely Manufacturing in Corydon. Iowa and Gemaco Playing Card Co. in Blue Springs, Missouri.

The focus of C.L’s life was his family. He leaves his sons, Jason, Eric and Daniel along with his daughter, JoAnna and wife, Karol; three grandchildren; Madeline, Conaghan and Holden Fitzhugh. Other relatives include; son-in-law, John Oliveros and our two daughters-in-law Amy Higgins and Lark Oxler Fitzhug.

Mary Beth and Jerry Davis, their children; Blake, Father Jeremy and Maggie Davis, Mark Peterson, brother-in-law and nieces Nicki, Lisa and Rae Lee…His sister, Vick precedes him in death… Services for immediate family will be held later this month…in lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.


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  1. 27 Aug 2016
    Denny and Katie Bloom says:
    Denny an I, along with our children, had the good fortune to meet all the Fitzhugh's when they moved to Red Oak, Iowa. A pretty gutsy move from Kansas City to a town of 6000 people, simply to explore what it would be like to live in a small town and work there.
    We Blooms had so darn much fun with these crazy characters.
    Knowing them all these years, it was their openness and quest for a full and meaningful life... A real zest to go after life in a way that was fun to watch.
    C.L. and Karol great leaders of their family.
    Their devotion to each other was one of the richest relationships I have ever seen.We all benefited by watching them an benefited by being around them
    We celebrate C.L. and thank God we were lucky enough to be the recipient of his stardust and his friendship. He was a cool guy. What a great life.
    So Bless you Karol
    Jason, Eric, Daniel, and JoAnna and family.
    We love you dearly.
    The Blooms

  2. 19 Aug 2016
    Doug Ewing says:
    My thoughts go out to the Fitzhugh family. I met C.L. A few times but didn't know him very well. I did appreciate the way he kept GEMACO a family friendly environment to work in.

  3. 19 Aug 2016
    Bonnie Clark says:
    He was a great boss. I had great admiration and respect for him. Prayers to his family.

  4. 19 Aug 2016
    Scott Matteson says:
    My prayers and condolences to the family and friends of CL. He was a good man and I enjoyed the time we spent working together at Gemaco.

  5. 19 Aug 2016
    Lori Schmerler says:
    CL
    Was one of a Kind his Family's Dedication is a wonderful Tribute to how he lived his life
    I wish all of your Great Blessings and Celebrate a life well lived

  6. 19 Aug 2016
    Lori Schmerler lit a candle:
    Lit since August 19, 2016 at 8:49:04 PM

  7. 19 Aug 2016
    Scott Matteson says:
    My prayers and condolences to the family and friends of CL. He was a good man, I enjoyed my time working for him. We may have had our differences but settled them a long time ago over a beer and steak. I'm glad he had that chance

  8. 19 Aug 2016
    Earl and Sandy Karas says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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