November 27, 2012

Paul M. Fitzwater

On November 25, 2012, at the age of 92, Paul went to be with his Lord and Savior and to join his wife Velma (nee Frederick), the love of his life for over 71 years.
Paul was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on May 24, 1920 to Floyd and Nellie (McLain) Fitzwater.  Paul honorably served his country in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater.  Paul and Velma owned and operated Mister Donut on O Street in Lincoln for 20 years.  He also worked at Shopko for 18 years and retired at the age of 82.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, and daughter Shangra La Sherie Fitzwater.  Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Marlene Fitzwater and Robert DeSaeger of Sacramento CA; Jeannette Fitzwater Brock and Allen Brock of Hartwell GA (where Paul lived since 2009); and Pamela Fitzwater (Avery Sanger) of Springfield MO; grandchildren Richard Nielson of Cottonwood UT, Kevin Young of Sandy UT, James Nielson of Lincoln CA, Paul Nielson of West Jordan UT, and Anisa Dawn of Springfield MO; 11 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him, but we all rejoice at his glorious reunion in Heaven.

Services will be on Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wyuka Chapel, 3600 O Street, with Pastor Dale Fetter and Virgil Carner officiating.  Special music will be provided by Jacque A. Fisher, beloved friend to the Fitzwater family.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Beatrice with military honors.

Pallbearers are Anisa Dawn, Mike Carnicle, Kevin Young, Richard Nielson, Paul Nielson and Noble Fisher, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers are Allen Brock, Robert DeSaeger, James Nielson, Fred Burklund, Noble Fisher, Sr., and Michelle Nielson-Hill.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Salvation Army or the Matt Talbot Community Kitchen & Outreach Center in Lincoln.

Visitation will be Friday, November 30, 2012 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. at Wyuka.

A Memorial Service will be held in Hartwell GA at a later date at Cornerstone Baptist Church, where Paul was a member.


  1. Thank you for all that you did for your family and for all the love you had for us. You will live on in my heart always.
    Your daughter, Marlene

  2. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You all will be in our Prayers. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    • Thank you Jeff and Angie. I think we’ve found peace, and comfort comes through dear friends like you.

      • Your more than welcome!! We are Always here for you

  3. I only knew Paul for a short dozen years, but that was enough time to learn that he loved his GOD and family as much as any man could. Paul shared the last three years of his life with Jeanne and me, and I feel that we were blessed to share our home with him. I knew that life would change when he came to us, yet not nearly as much as the change with him gone. I will miss you every day Paul, in so many ways.


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