On the morning of Wednesday, May 24, 2023, Richard Lyle Fletcher went to live in eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born April 20, 1940 to Kermit Lyle Fletcher and Wilma Phyllis Webb Fletcher in Manes, Missouri.
Richard was raised in the Stoutland and Lebanon area and graduated from Lebanon High School in the class of 1959. While in school, he played basketball and baseball at Stoutland High School before transferring to Lebanon High School his senior year. He was a recipient of the Auto Mechanic Award at Lebanon High School.
On Sept. 5, 1959, Richard married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Fletcher and together they welcomed three daughters and four sons to their family.
He worked for several companies, including Circle Drive Truck Stop (3 years), Toledo GoldFish (1 year), Ford Motor Company (1 year), Appleby Boat Factory (11 years), MidAmerica Dairy (23.5 years), Durham Company (2 years), and Lebanon Vocational Technical School (3 years). Richard retired in 2005.
Richard loved God and was proud to serve as a Sunday School teacher for boys and men for many years. He guided his grandchildren and other people on how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Richard was a jack-of-all-trades and was known to help so many people.
In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and farming where he raised cattle and baled hay. He was a gardener and was especially talented at growing wonderful tomatoes. He was also known for his wonderful pie-making skills, in particular, his homemade pie crust. The crust he made would melt in your mouth.
Above all, he looked forward to the times he could spend with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They made his eyes sparkle and his heart happy each time he was with them.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Bob Fletcher, Don Fletcher, Dallas Fletcher and an infant brother and his daughter-in-law, Brenda Fletcher.
Richard is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue of the home; three daughters, Teresa S. Currier of Springfield; Sherry A. Wade and her husband, Allen of Lebanon, and Sondra L. Van Hooser and her husband, Myron of Lebanon; four sons, Jimmy L. Fletcher of Lebanon; Jerry A. Fletcher and his wife, Laurie of Hollister; Michael L. Fletcher of Dallas, Texas and Chris L. Fletcher and his wife, Patricia (Trish) of Lebanon; two brothers, Charles Fletcher and Mickey W. Fletcher and his wife, Carol, all of Lebanon; two sisters-in-law, Mary Fletcher and Carol Fletcher, both of Lebanon; twenty grandchildren and thirty-seven great-grandchildren with one due to arrive in July, 2023.
Richard loved his Heavenly Father and served God throughout his life. He was a member at High Point Baptist Church near Montreal. He was also the former treasurer of High Point Baptist Perpetual Cemetery Fund.
Richard had a great love for God and his family. He will be deeply missed by those who were blessed to call him their husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, at High Point Baptist Church in Stoutland with the Rev. David Brown officiating. Burial will be in High Point Cemetery under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon. Visitation was from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday. A memorial has been established to High Point Cemetery and donations may be left at or mailed to Holman-Howe Funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon. For more information or to visit the website go to www.holmanhowe.com.