Richard D. Fletcher, 82, formerly of Washington, died at Eureka, California. A funeral service was held at 10:00 am Friday, September 25, at the Washington Presbyterian Church. Gary Phillips officiated. Becky Pannbacker the organ while the congregation sang "Amazing Grace" and "Morning Has Broken." Pallbearers were John Potts, Marvin Potts, Tim Fletcher, Bob Fletcher, J.V. Cole, Gary Schroeder, Mark Schroeder and Bob Jones. Burial was in the Washington City Cemetery. Richard was born December 7, 1926, in Washington, KS, the son of Guy and Edith (Lobaugh) Fletcher. His mom used to say they had the “perfect family” with 2 boys, Bob and Richard “Dick”, followed by 2 girls, Dorothy and Marj. Richard loved to tell stories of his childhood; helping his grandpa on the farm, the many antics of he and his brother Bob and how Granny Lobaugh used to tease them. Richard served in the Navy during WWII. He was a graduate of Kansas University and remained a faithful Jayhawker, always watching the K.U. basketball games. In 1949 he married Herberta “Herbie” Darby. When their 3 children, Dan, Deb and Den were very young, they moved to Pasadena, CA. He wore many hats through the years, he worked for the Pasadena Unified School District from science teacher to Counselor to Vice Principal to Principal at one of the high schools. After almost 45 years of marriage he lost Herbie to breast cancer in 1992. In 1994 he married Mary Foster and they returned to Washington to live. Shortly after Mary’s death, Richard was diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s disease and he moved to Northern California to be with his family. Richard enjoyed his years living on the coast, beachcombing, hiking through the Redwoods and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Herbie and Mary; and one brother, Robert Fletcher. Survivors include three children, Dennis Fletcher and wife Donna, Deborah Agee and husband Robb, and Dan Fletcher all of McKinleyville, CA; two sisters, Dorothy Potts and husband Marvin of Washington, and Marj Breitling of Denver, CO; eight grandchildren, Marie, Jennie, Julie, Jamie, Will, Jessie, Taylor and Samantha; and one great-grandchild, Avalon. A memorial fund has been established and contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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