William “Bill” Parker Fitzgerald
December 28, 1956 – Thursday, May 25, 2023
William “Bill” Parker Fitzgerald, age 66, Fremont, NE, died on Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Estes Park, Colorado. Bill was born on December 28, 1956, in Kansas City, MO to Tom and Sue Fitzgerald. He married Anne Oestmann in Auburn, NE on July 30, 1977.
Bill graduated from Auburn Public Schools, Peru State College, and received his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He enjoyed a 39 year career in education dedicated to bettering the lives of students and athletes. He began his teaching career at Central Heights Schools in Richmond, KS, before moving to Nebraska. He taught, coached, and served as activities director for Louisville Public Schools for 24 years. He then served as assistant principal and activities director at Fremont High School from 2005 until his retirement in 2017.
Bill was an active member in both the Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NSIAAA) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) for nearly 20 years. He has received numerous awards throughout his tenure as an Activities Director including: Nebraska District II AD of the Year (2013), NIAAA State Award of Merit (2013), Nebraska State AD of the Year (2014), NIAAA Distinguished Service Award (2016), and the National Federation of High Schools Citation Award (2020). Since June of 2020, Bill has served as the Executive Director of the NSIAAA.
Bill is survived by his wife, Anne Fitzgerald, of Fremont, NE; children, Trevor (Bonnie) Fitzgerald of Omaha, NE; Abby Fitzgerald of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, John “Jack” and Robert “Bobby” Fitzgerald; mother, Sue Fitzgerald of Americus, GA; sister, Peggy (Dylan) Scott of Haleyville, AL.; father-in-law, James Oestmann of Auburn, NE; brother-in-law, Jim (JaNay) Oestmann of Auburn, NE; nieces Meleia Oestmann of Omaha, NE, Alexa Oestmann of Whitefish, MT. He is also survived by numerous other family members and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Fitzgerald; and his grandparents: William M. Fitzgerald, Calvin and Lois Mowery, and Parker and Ruth Shirling.
VISITATION: Tuesday, June 6th, 5-8pm. FUNERAL SERVICES: Wednesday, June 7th at 11am. Both held at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., Omaha. INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Bill are suggested to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, the Fremont Schools Foundation (designated to FHS Activities Department), and the Peru State College Foundation.