Dr. Michel C. Fitzpatrick (final arrangements)

Dr. Michael C. Fitzpatrick, DMD, 55, of Rock Hill, MO and formerly of Washington and Mount Pleasant, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at his residence in Rock Hill.

The funeral service for Mike will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 19th at the First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend David Bracht-Wagner, Senior Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 8 PM on Friday, November 18,  at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant.  The family will be present to receive friends from 4-7 PM.

The funeral service will be livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church YouTube channel. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Mt. Pleasant Evening Rotary Club. On-Line condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com

Michael Charles Fitzpatrick was born September 29, 1967 in Chicago, IL. He was the son of Wayne James “Jim” and Beverly Gail (Barrett) Fitzpatrick. He moved with his family to Peoria and Washington, IL. Mike graduated from Washington High School in 1985. He enrolled at Illinois Central Community College, completing his Associate Degree, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Mike then attended the Dental School at Southern Illinois University (Alton Campus) and graduated in 1997. Dr. Fitzpatrick joined Dr. Richard Buss’s  Iris Dental Practice in Mt. Pleasant and West Point. He purchased the practice from Dr. Buss and continued it for many years. Just this year, he sold the practice and moved to the St. Louis area to work at a dental practice there. Mike was always noted for the care of his patients in his practice, often making time in his off hours to care for his clients when they needed immediate care.

On July 6, 1991, at the Christ United Methodist Church in Douds, IA, Mike was united in marriage to Lesa LeAnn Benge. To this union 2 children were born – Tyler and Maggie. The couple later divorced.

Mike was very active in community events and organizations. He was a member and served 2 terms as President of the Mt. Pleasant Evening Rotary Club. He had also been a member of the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club and the Mt. Pleasant Lodge #8 AF & AM. Mike was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant where he had sung Bass in the Chancel Choir. He had also served on the Board of Directors for the Panther Scholar Dollars of the MPCSD. Mike enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Deerwood Country Club in New London where he played on the Men’s League.

Mike enjoyed arts of many variations. He played alto saxophone in the Washington High School Band. He made buttons and would often make buttons for friends and clients for special occasions. He was an avid photographer as loved to study the work of Ansel Adams. Many of his favorites were framed and featured on the walls of his clinic. He would also take the pictures and design collages on his computer. A St. Louis Cardinal fan, he would travel and attend a Cardinals baseball game in St. Louis at least once a month for many years.

Those thankful for sharing in Mike’s life include his 2 children, Tyler and Maggie Fitzpatrick of Mt. Pleasant; his parents, Jim & Gail Fitzpatrick of Hudson, FL; 3 brothers and their wives, James & Sheri Fitzpatrick of West Des Moines, Mark & Lara Fitzpatrick of Aurora, IL, and Dean & Michele Fitzpatrick of Des Peres, MO; several nieces and nephews and a God Child – Sarah Kurth.