The Battalion and the Association suffered a tragic loss recently, as Jon Fizzell passed away. The always good Samaritan was helping a woman from his church when he was accidentally electrocuted while working on a hot water heater Sunday afternoon. I was waiting for the go-ahead from the battalion commander, but today's Lawton Constitution listed Jon's name and that the funeral arrangements are pending. Jon's wife and daughters are in shock and the battalion is doing everything they can to assist the family.
Jon was a good friend to the Regiment and to me personally. He always tried to attend every reunion and many of you saw him at the upstate New York reunion this past June. Besides helping with the Regimental Room and being our go-to guy for transportation and all things for the Fort Sill reunions, he was also our Warrant Officer of the Regiment. I know that Dan Mitchell and I will definitely need to re-look our plans to ensure that everything is double checked. He was Frank Siltman's Maintenance Warrant while Frank commanded 3-30 FA and while I was still working, Jon was also my Contracting Office Representative (COR).
Please consider what the Association should do to memorialize this great American. An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com. God Bless you all and especially the Fizzell family.
Theodore J Janosko
COL (Retired), USA
30th Field Artillery Association
Jon was a Good Samaritan who always went out of his way to help others. On the night of October 22, Jon was helping a family from his church to fix a water heater issue. While conducting maintenance within the house, Jon was electrocuted. CPR was administered and he was rushed to the hospital, but he was not able to be revived.
Jon was scheduled to be recognized for his volunteerism at the next SILFACTS meeting on 3 November. A family member or the Chain of Command will be accepting the recognition on his behalf.
Jon was a father, brother, mentor, and friend within the association and battalion. He is also remembered as a hardnosed individual who stood for what was right and was not afraid to voice his position. I will deeply miss him, as well as many from across the battalion, the regiment, the Brigade, and Fort Sill.
Mr. Jon Fizzell's funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday, 28 OCT at the Cameron Baptist Church (2621 SW C Ave, Lawton, OK 73505). There is no viewing and his remains are being cremated. The family has requested donations instead of flowers. Reception will be at the church in the reception hall. The funeral is open to all family and friends, and those who would like to pay their respects.
MAJ Johnson, James is the central POC for donations. Hic contact data is email@example.com or (580) 442-1667.
Jon is survived by his wife Diane, and daughters Jennifer and Tomara.
James M. Egan
1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery
Fort Sill, OK 73503
Jon Fizzell October 22, 2017