Harlow Ray Fletcher, 73, of Berne, peacefully passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012, at his home while surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 12, 1939, in New London, Wis., to Ray and Eilene Fox Fletcher.
Harlow married Carolyn Shoemaker on June 3, 1963.
He was a well-loved teacher for 43 years. He retired from teaching at South Adams Elementary School in 2004. He was a member of the West Missionary Church where he faithfully served in many capacities. Other groups in which he participated were the Edelweiss Singers, Classroom Teachers Association, and the Reading Teachers Association.
He leaves his legacy with his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Colleen (husband, Peter and children, Mackenzie, Michaela, Xavier, and Michael) Rupp of Berne; Jeannine (husband Curtis and children, Kirsten and Caleb) Wurster of Berne; Christine (husband Rodney and children Alexandra and Jacob) Burton of Fort Wayne; and Kathleen (husband Trent and children Chloe, Zane and Ezekiel) Reynolds of Bellefontaine, Ohio; brothers, Lee Fletcher, Port Edwards, Wis.; Marvin (May) Hintz, Nekoosa, Wis.; Bonnie (Dennis) Wilhelm; and Betty Ubinger.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eilene Fox Fletcher Hintz; father, Ray Fletcher; brothers Mark and Gayle Fletcher; and grandson Zachary Fletcher Rupp.
Harlow loved life and cherished each day God blessed him with grace, which was evident to anyone who ever encountered Harlow. Before his illness, his favorite pastime was traveling, including trips to Israel, Europe, Alaska, and the British Isles being among his favorites.
Visitation will be from noon-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 8, at West Missionary Church, with visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Pastor Keith Rupp will be officiating.
Burial will be in Backesto Cemetery, rural Berne.
Preferred memorials are to the West Missionary Church building fund and/or Family Life Care.