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Thomas W. Fletcher Sr.

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:16 p.m. CST

NEWARK, Ill. — Mr. Thomas William “Bill” Fletcher Sr., 91, of Newark, Ill., passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Pleasant View Health Center in Ottawa, Ill.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 East Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, with Pastor Terry McLaughlin officiating. Interment will follow in Lisbon Cemetery in Lisbon, Ill.

Friends may visit from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the funeral home.

Born on March 13, 1921, he was the son of Thomas Armstrong and Naomi (Robinson) Fletcher.

Bill was united in marriage on Oct. 17, 1942, in Oak Park, Ill., to the former Miss Helen Knight and they spent the next 55 happy years together, until her passing on July 8, 1997. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Fletcher served his country proudly with the United States Army during World War II in the Charley Battery, 384th Field Artillery Battalion, 103rd Infantry Division, 7th Army. He  participated in the invasion of Southern France, the “Champaign Campaign," the drive through the Vosges Mountains, the Penetration of the Siegfried Line, the liberation of the Kaufering Concentration Camp, the race of the National Redoubt, and the surrender of the German Army at Innsbruck, Austria.

Bill was a member of the Plattville United Methodist Church in Plattville, Ill. He was a very active and 64-year member of the Masonic Kendall Lodge #471 A.F.A.M. Mr. Fletcher was a board member for the Lisbon Center Elementary School and also the treasurer of the Lisbon Cemetery Association in Lisbon, Ill.

Bill belonged to the Kendall Country Farm Bureau. He was a close student of both Shakespeare and the King James Bible, having committed a large portion of each to memory.

Bill is survived by his sons, Thomas (Cheryl) Fletcher Jr. and John Knight (Roseann) Fletcher, both of Newark, Ill.; his six grandchildren, Thomas M. (Julie) Fletcher, Matthew Fletcher, Rhonda G. (Rob) Divine, Nicole Fletcher, Kevin Oakes  and Heather (David) McKenna; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Ruth (Jim) Fletcher Bell of Little Rock, Ark.; as well as four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Naomi Fletcher; and his wife, Helen Fletcher.

Memorials for T. William may be directed to the Kendall Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 371, Yorkville, IL 60560.

The Fletcher Family would like to thank the employees of Pleasant View Health Care for the wonderful care they gave T. William.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory. For additional information, log onto www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or call (630) 553-7611.

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