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.

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