- August 12, 1942 - February 6, 2013
- Coralville, Iowa
of Gary's Passing
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“please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss
1 of 37 | Posted by: shirley burger - iowa city, IA
“Sarah, Maggie and Family - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I always enjoyed caring for him (I knew I was guaranteed for a few...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Gina - Iowa City, IA - Nurse
“Fletch will be missed by many. We liked playing cards with him. We will always remember his big smile and his big heart. God Bless You All.
3 of 37 | Posted by: Dan and Donna Hayslett - IA
“Mick and family sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I will always remember our good times in golf league and that great smile and grin of his!! The...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Dan Terrell - Iowa City, IA
“Sheri and family,
My deepsest sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
5 of 37 | Posted by: Billie Jo Rose - Crawfordsville, IA
“To Maddie, Bubba, Kara, and Maya
So sorry you have lost your grandfather. We know how much he meant to you. Although he is no longer on this earth,...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Lily, Joe, and Lucy - Iowa city, IA
“Gary was such a fun loving friendly guy to know. I mainly ran around with Brother Glen, but I knew Gary and his whole family. Loved all the...Read More »
7 of 37 | Posted by: Vicki Conrad Fish - Muscatine, IA
“To Gary's family - So sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Gary was one of those "friendly to everyone" people and left a positive impression on...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Ruth (Bontrager) Hershberger - IA
“So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Gary was a great guy and will be missed by all.
LeaAnn and Greg
9 of 37 | Posted by: Greg and LeaAnn Kupka - IA
“My condolences to the entire Fletcher family. I'm sure that you have a lot of great memories to share with one another. I certainly enjoyed my time...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Jim McClanahan - North Liberty, IA
“To Gary Fletcher's family,
You have my sincere sympathies for your loss. Allow me to share my memory of Gary, prompted by his obituary that...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Tom Bauer
“Sheri, We will always miss that grin of Gary plus all the knowledge he told us about baseball and Iowa Hawkeyes..we will always remember the many...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Bob Oldis - Gilbert, AZ - Friend
“I share your grief and sadness at the passing of Gary. Gary was a good friend, always smiling, and never angry. We, Gary, myself, Ted Chambers and...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Larry Svoboda - Iowa City, IA
Farah and I were so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. As I told Sarah, I'll always remember Gary's quick wit and humor. We're...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Joe Angersola - Roswell, GA
“Mick and family - I'm so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. How fitting that his page prominently features a beautiful golf course . . . he loved to...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Ed Ring - Iowa City, IA - friend
“Can't believe how lucky I was to have had a friend like Gary. I deeply appreciated his kindness and support all these years-he even put up my...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Pam Finke - Iowa City, IA
“I was saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He and I were friends for many years starting back in high school athletics. I went to Riverside high...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: Terry Havel
“Sending much love to you and your family, Sarah. May your Dad live on in your heart forever. He'll be deeply missed.
18 of 37 | Posted by: Judy Siebert - Iowa City, IA
“Glen, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Brother Gary. But just imagine what it will be like for him to be surrounded by the glory of God. ...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Waller - Jacksonville, NC
“Sheri and family,
Thank you sharing Gary with all of us. He was our good, longtime friend.
Please know our thoughts are with you.
20 of 37 | Posted by: Bob & Bonnie Sierk - Scottsdale, AZ
“Shari, Mick, Sarah and Maggie,
Gary always greeted me with a smile! I have some great memories of spending football Saturdays on Wheaton Rd. when...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Rogers - Chino Valley, AZ
“Sarah and family- I'm really sorry about your dad. I only met him a couple times but I remember him having me sign your wall and also him joking...Read More »
22 of 37 | Posted by: Tarin Bickford - Wellman, IA
“Fletcher family, I am so sorry for your loss. I really enoyed playing poker with Gary and him taking my money on Thursday afternoon. I also played...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Gail Maher - Iowa City, IA
“I am so sorry for your loss. I haven't seen Gary in many years, but the first thing I thought of when I saw Glen's note, was baseball. I am pretty...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Deb McCall Gorman - Minneapolis, MN
“First, over 30 years ago Dad left us, probably the most merciful way as he died in his sleep and was not sick at the time. Then Mom 17 years ago as...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Glen Fletcher - Phoenix, AZ
“What a wonderful man, he had such a great since of humor and fun to be around. My heart goes out to his family, he will be missed.
26 of 37 | Posted by: Marilyn Thompson - Parker, CO
“My sincere sympathy and condolences to the famil.
Mary Lou Slemmons Fuller
27 of 37 | Posted by: Mary Lou Fuller - Warrenton, MO
“So sorry to hear about Gary, my sincere sympathy to all.
28 of 37 | Posted by: Lynda Cannon Stratton
“Sarah, Mick, Maggie and Sheri I am sorry to hear of news of the passing of Gary… he was an amazing man. I remember driving my big wheel down...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: John Watkinson - Camby, IN
“I'll always remember Gary. I had a crush on him when I was in 8th grade and he was a senior. He was the best athlete, and I remember traveling to...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Marcia Holmes Wiedemeier - IA
“Sarah, my mother told me of your father passing. So sorry to hear it. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You're all in my thoughts and...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: Sarah VanGilder
So sorry you have lost Gary. Many, many rounds of golf were more enjoyable because he was there. My thoughts are with you at this difficult...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Lou Eichler - Hot Springs Village, AR
“All of my memories from junior high and high school have the Fletcher family in them. Gary and Sheri were always welcoming and warm to all of us,...Read More »
33 of 37 | Posted by: Gretchen Schultz - San Diego, CA
“Gary, I have such fond memories of you as I was growing up in Iowa City back in '86. I considered myself one of the luckiest Mexican immigrant in...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Gina Buendia & Jose Santiago - KY
“Sara I remember playing softball with and against Gary and our Wed. golf outings. He was a special person and a lot of fun and many laughs when we...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: John & Nancy Cahill - Iowa City, IA
“Gary will be greatly missed but he will always be close in our memories. Our hearts go out to you in your time of great sorrow.
36 of 37 | Posted by: Laurie and Paul Wahlert - IA
“I'm so sadden to hear that Gary past this morning. He will be greatly missed at all the family events, at ALL events. He was always a pleasure to...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Cammy Wagenknecht - Iowa City, IA
Gary Wayne Fletcher passed on February 6, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City after a long illness associated with heart failure.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Private family committal services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established as The Gary Fletcher Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.
Following the services at the church everyone is invited to join his family at the Coaches Corner Sports Pub @ 749 Mormon Trek Blvd. where they will continue to remember Gary in stories, memories, and good cheer!
Gary was born August 12, 1942, in Fort Madison, Iowa the oldest of four sons born to Vernon and Ruthe (Hammond) Fletcher. Gary grew up in Crawfordsville, Iowa where he was a member of the United Church of Crawfordsville. He graduated in 1960 from Crawfordsville High School where he participated in baseball and basketball and played catcher on the State Baseball Championship team.
After graduating from Barber College in Cedar Rapids, Gary began his barbering career at Meyers Barber Shop in Iowa City. It was in Iowa City where Gary met and fell in love with Sharon Ann Kupka. Sheri and Gary were married on December 29, 1963, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Gary and Sheri raised three children, Mick Fletcher, Sarah Fletcher and Maggie Fletcher Wagenknecht all of Iowa City. Gary continued to play baseball and softball in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids after his children were born. After his playing days were over, Gary enjoyed coaching Mick's Little League and Babe Ruth teams. Later he delighted in watching Mick play baseball and basketball for West High. Gary continued supporting West High sports watching his grandson's Noah and Kyle play football the past two years. Gary played the proud grandfather role on the weekends cheering for granddaughters Maddie, Olivia, Kara and Maya as they played soccer and basketball.
In addition to his profession as a barber, Gary was also employed at the Annex, Connell Beverage and later General Pest Control. Gary purchased General Pest Control and Hawkeye Pest Control in 1983. Gary was admired for his work ethic and his loyalty to the customers he served and to his employees. Gary retired from the pest control business in 2010.
An Avid Hawkeye fan describes Gary, He attended Iowa Football and basketball games for fifty years! He was a Golden Hawk, an I-Club member, and attended the Quarterback Club every Monday during football season. He really enjoyed playing golf with his friends, his many golf treks to Arizona and playing in leagues and tournaments. Gary also enjoyed his many friends at the American Legion's Pickers group. On Wednesday Gary could always be found playing cards with his specials buddies.
Gary is survived by Sheri, his wife of 49 years; a son, Michael "Mick" Fletcher and his wife, Ann and their children, Madeline and Olivia; daughter, Sarah Fletcher and partner, David Cahill and Sarah's son, Noah Barrows; daughter, Maggie Fletcher Wagenknecht and her husband, Scott and their children, Kara and Maya. Gary had a special son, Cedric Haynes and grandson, Kyle Payne who are part of the Fletcher family. Gary is also survived by two brothers, Glen Fletcher of Phoenix, AZ and Stan Fletcher of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; brother-in-law, Chuck Kupka and his wife, Jan of Cedar Rapids; many nieces, nephews, and his special black dog, Rondo.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Steve; and Sheri's parents, Bob and Jean Kupka.
Gary's family would like to thank everyone for their many thoughts and prayers. A special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Goerbig-Campbell and Dr. Dwayne Campbell; the nursing staff at the University of Iowa Heart Center, the nursing staff on the Cardiology unit at the UIHC and the staff of Mercy's Hospice Unit. Thank you to special friends Aaron and Brandy Klosterman.