Mr. Oscar C Fitzhenry
August 3, 1921 – April 24, 2020
Oscar Charles Fitzhenry ISLE OF PALMS – Oscar Charles Fitzhenry (Lt. Col., USAF Ret.), 98, of Isle of Palms, SC, went to his Heavenly Father on Friday, April 24, 2020. Oscar was born August 3, 1921 in Yoakum, Texas, to the late Oliver Columbus Fitzhenry and Daisy Roden Fitzhenry. Raised on a ranch close to Victoria, Texas, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. Deployed in 1943 in the Pacific at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, he served in the 5th Bomb Group of the 72nd Bomb Squadron. As a B-24 Liberator pilot, he flew over 64 missions, earning 10 Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. After his service in World War II, he married the late Ruth Phyllis Burton on February 17, 1945. They were married for sixty-eight years and raised four children together. Oscar continued to serve his country in the United States Air Force until he retired to Charleston, SC in 1961. He then became a knowledgeable financial advisor and real estate developer. He and Ruth were active in the Republican Party. Oscar had a strong Christian faith which he was excited to share. He maintained an active life through his 98th birthday, regularly attending church and the Friday night VFW on Isle of Palms. Two of his passions were sailing and snow skiing. His last ski trip was with his grandson James to Utah in 2018. He was a beloved Christian father, grandfather and great grandfather. Oscar is survived by two sons, Charles Michael Fitzhenry and his wife, Dottie, of Summerville, SC and Mark Burton Fitzhenry and his wife, Wendy, of Charleston, SC; two daughters, Sharon Lee Fitzhenry of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Linda Fitzhenry Campbell and her husband, Ron, of Seattle, WA; eleven grandchildren including Charles Michael Fitzhenry, II, and wife, Jill, of Charleston, SC, Mary-Margaret Fitzhenry Noland and her husband, Carter, of Marietta, GA, Lauren Fitzhenry Zimmerman and her husband, Tait, of Wasilla, Alaska, Leslie Fitzhenry O’Steen and husband, Brooks, of Naples, Italy, and Austin Mark Fitzhenry, Shannon Michelle Fitzhenry, Katelyn Grace Fitzhenry, each of Charleston, SC. Also James David Campbell of Hermosa Beach, CA, John Daniel Campbell and his wife, Kristen, of Tacoma, WA, Luke Joseph Campbell and his wife, Alyson, of Seattle, WA, and Renee Campbell Gardener and her husband, Jens, of Normandy Park, WA. He leaves nine great grandsons, Tait, Miles, Matthew and Ian Zimmerman; Stratton Noland; Charles, III, Maxwell, and Tucker Fitzhenry; and Benjamin Gardner. He also leaves five great granddaughters, Madelyn and Collette Zimmerman; Avery and Haley Campbell and Anneli Gardner; also a niece and two nephews of his late sister, Josephine Fitzhenry Hodge of Kerrville, TX. A private grave side service will be held this week at the Carolina Memorial Park. A memorial service is planned for a later date at the VFW 3137 of Isle of Palms. Arrangements are being handled by Carolina Memorial Funerals & Cremation, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406.
Private Family Graveside Service at Carolina Memorial Gardens
Friday, May 1, 2020
Mr. Oscar C Fitzhenry
April 30, 2020
When life hands you lemons make lemonade. We first met Oscar the winter of 2012 at Snowbasin. We asked why he wanted to ski again after a lapse of a decade or more at the age of 88. He responded that he wanted to see if he could still do it. It wasn’t until later he told us about his water-ski accident. Each spring he would show up ready to ski, often with no notice. His contributions to Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports were numerous. We often tell the public that our oldest client is 98 and the youngest is 4. This statement inspires our older clients and impresses our donors. When Oscar could no longer ski standing, he tried out a special sit ski that we had borrowed from another program. The following year Oscar purchased that model sled for our program which we named Scootin’ Thunder. He enjoyed this equipment mostly because it had a stick to steer it and he could still slide and glide. Oscar inspired our staff and clients alike. Life handed him many challenges which he persevered to overcome. As the years go by, we all will drink the lemonade Oscar made for us………. and remember.
Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports
April 29, 2020
As an auxiliary member of the VFW Post on the Coast I was fortunate over the last two years to meet and share dinner with Oscar. He heard that I had written a book on WWII and I gave him a copy of mine, and he let me read the book that he and his fighter group are a part of, "Scootin' Thunder". He was an American hero and part of the greatest generation. God bless us all who knew him. Mark Palasek
April 28, 2020
Rest In Peace Dear Friend! Fly High!
April 28, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Fitzhenry family. Although I knew him only a short time, it was evident he was a man of great integrity and strength. Peace be with you all. In sincerity, Beth
April 28, 2020
I met Oscar 3 years ago at Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports and worked with him for 2 consecutive years, I was amazed at his effortless will for survival and existence and his willingness to share his life experiences and to accept people as they are upon their introduction to him. Very few people ever get the chance to touch so many other lives as he did, for him it was to share knowledge and experiences and not to receive a pat on the back. he will forever be in the "painting" of my life!
Dear Oscar, RIP - Brian C.