Minor Powers Fitzgerald, Jr., 68, died in his home in Dittmer, MO, on Monday, February 6, 2023.
He was the oldest of three sons of Minor Powers Fitzgerald, Sr. and his wife Letha, born at St.
Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, 500 feet behind his father’s childhood home, where his
dad was born at home 30 years prior. Both buildings still stand there today.
Minor and his brothers grew up in Kirkwood, MO, where he attended Robinson Grade School,
and Kirkwood High School, later he graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis where he
was a power hitter on his high school varsity baseball team. A good student, Minor and his
brothers had the initiative to start their own lawn service and began early in life to make income
to afford the expenses that come with extracurricular sports activities. He always stepped up
first to secure the jobs and he was fearless, a natural leader among his peers.
His pitching abilities were so good that Minor was offered the opportunity to try out for the St.
Louis Cardinals. The joy of his lifetime was hitting line drives at the original Busch Stadium.
Although his fulltime dream of playing pro ball didn’t materialize, he followed the Cardinals’
progress throughout his lifetime. His command of numbers and statistics impressed many
Minor was especially good in math and so he enrolled in Meramac Junior College and studied
Accounting and Business. While in college, he began working for the railroad as part of the yard
gang, removing old track and replacing it with new, by hand, because the area was so small
machinery could not fit in there.
Eventually, Minor accepted a job working at First National Bank of St. Louis, where he first
worked as a teller before transitioning to the vault, filling branch bank requests for cash. He
excelled in what he did and received several promotions.
In 1979 his son Seth Minor was born, sadly Seth passed away at the age of two from
complications of cerebral palsy.
When he decided to join the U.S. Navy as his dad had done, his first assignment was in Oxnard,
California. Minor would ultimately receive a medical discharge from service.
In 1985 Minor welcomed son Sean Michael.
Minor was fortunate to have his brothers and sisters-in-law as an integral part of his life, and
they took tremendous care as they showed him love every day of his life. He loved nature and
so, they helped him find a house in Jefferson County where he could enjoy the outdoors and
daily visits from the deer who’d visit each day, so tame and appreciative of the food he left for
All his life, Minor remained good in sports and loved playing golf and baseball. He remained a
premier bowler even through adulthood. When Sean was growing up, he loved watching him
play in competitive sports. Minor, warmly referred to as “Junior” by his family, loved nothing
better than being with family and friends; he enjoyed hosting gatherings at his home and time
spent together meant the most to him. He was always good about staying in touch with family around
the country, placing phone calls to inquire about their well-being and encouraging them whenever they
He was preceded in death by his father Minor Fitzgerald Sr, his mother Letha Fitzgerald, his son,
Seth Minor Fitzgerald; and his brother from his father’s first marriage, Jeffrey Fitzgerald
Minor is survived by his son, Sean Michael Fitzgerald of Bonne Terre, MO, grandson Dylan
Fitzgerald, granddaughter Makenzie Fitzgerald, his brother, Donald and wife Becky of Barnhart, MO; his
brother Steve and wife Brenda of St. Louis, MO his nephews, Donald Fitzgerald (and wife, Vicki) of
Barnhart, MO and Jason (and wife Jamie) Fitzgerald of Gray Summit, MO and Aaron Fitzgerald of Cedar
Rapids, IA; his great nieces and nephews, Kyleigh, Abby, Emma, Conner, Amelia and Adler Fitzgerald; his
sister from his father’s first marriage, Sharon Hubbard (and husband, Michael) of Steelville, MO;
and numerous first cousins and their families.
A visitation service is scheduled for Monday February 13,2023 at 4 to 8 pm. Funeral Services will be
Tuesday February 14, 2023, at 11 am. both at John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home South City
Chapel 7027 Gravois St. Louis, MO 63116 Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Affton, MO
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the United Cerebral Palsy
Foundation (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ucp-research). Express condolences online