Fletcher, Russel

Written by David Green.

Russel Fletcher, 98, of Gorham St., Morenci, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at the Fulton County Medical Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Jan. 24, 1908, in Fairfield Township, the son of Charley and Olive (Drake) Fletcher. He married Florence I. Elarton on Aug. 14, 1929, in Lyons, Ohio.  She preceded him in death March 6, 1999.

Russel was a life-long  Morenci area resident.  He was employed as an electrician at Stubnitz-Green in Adrian before his retirement in 1970.  Russel was a member of the Morenci First Congregational Church and the Fairfield Masonic Lodge #125 F&AM.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris (and Hal) VanWagner of Tecumseh, Mich.; a son, Dr. Neil (and Jean) Fletcher of Tallahassee, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Delora Ehlinger and Sarah Johnson, both of Morenci, and Iola Mitchell of Muskegon; and two brothers, Elwood Fletcher of Adrian, Mich., and Rexford Fletcher of Zephyrhills, Fla.

Besides his wife, Florence, Russel was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lyle E. Fletcher; a grandson, Chester E. Fletcher; and a brother, George.

The funeral service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Jack Cahill officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci First Congregational Church or a charity of donor's choice.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017