Ned Fletcher

January 14, 1933 ‒ August 01, 2016

Sunbury, Ohio

Ned “Squab” Fletcher age 83, of Sunbury died Monday, August 1, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on January 14, 1933 in Outville, Ohio the son of the late Walker and Lula E. (Price) Fletcher.

Ned was a Veteran of the United States Airforce service during the Korean War.

A member of the area his entire life, Ned attended school in both Croton and Big Walnut.  He retired from Buckeye Steel in Columbus in 1984, but most will remember him as an auto mechanic for Frakes Towing.  To this day folks in and around Sunbury will call Ned with a question about an old car they have.  He also owned gas stations in Sunbury and Galena and M & N Auto Body.

Ned was one of the first football coaches for the BWYAA, coaching from1978-2003 and was their league president for many years.  He also coached Big Walnut Little League girls’ softball from 1980-88.

He loved NASCAR and enjoyed traveling to Georgia and Florida to see friends and attend races.  He preferred the drivers of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, particularly Richard Pretty.  Locally, he was a part of the Heyder Racing Team.  He enjoyed working on the car and going to races with friends.

Ned was an original member of the Sunbury VFW Post #8736, was a member of the Sunbury FOE, a past member of the Lion’s Club, and was on the Sunbury Auxiliary Police Force during the 1960s and 70s.  He also enjoyed bowling before retirement.

He loved watching his grandsons play football and enjoyed the daily routine and surroundings of the home he built in the country watching his grandchildren grow.  He also had three dogs, Jake a Blue Healer, Red a Beagle, and his favorite Bert the St. Bernard that all held a special place in his heart.

He will be missed his daughter Ruth Ann Shuster and her husband Gary of Sunbury, Garland Fletcher and his wife Delphia Wilson of Mount Vernon, Wayne Ashbaugh and his wife Dorothy of Newark, Ned Fletcher Jr. of Mount Vernon, Karen Fletcher of Mount Vernon, and Regenia Chambliss of Mount Vernon; Grandchildren Tyler, Trevor, and Tara Shuster who lived with him, Marissa Thornton, Alicia Ocker, Jozn Ocker, Stephanie Forsman, and George Hess; five great grandchildren; siblings Gerald “Jay” and his wife Marilyn of Sunbury and Ted and his wife Nancy of Florida, and his sister Sandra Martinez of Katy, Texas; and many friends

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death his sister Ellen Martin and a grandson Chris Hess.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 with Larry DeWitt officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Delaware County Veteran’s Association.  Friends may call on the family from 5 PM until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Ned’s family.  Special memories and condolence can be shared with them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com .

  • So sorry to hear of Ned’s passing.. Prayers Ruth Ann to you and all of your family.

  • I will miss by brother, Ned tremendously. Growing up he was a little on the wild side, but that was Ned. He would do anything for you and give you the shirt off his back. I didn’t talk to him or see him as often as I would have liked, since I lived in Texas, but he always knew that I loved him dearly. God Bless all of Ned’s family.

    Love you all. Little sister, Sandra Jill

    • Aunt Jill
      It was always wonderful to see the fun you and dad would have. Always made the family parties fun and entertaining.
      Take care of yourself and know he loved you dearly
      Love
      Ruthie

  • Oh Ruthie, my heart breaks for you and your family, please accept my deepest condolences and prayers.

    • Lisa!
      You are always there to say the nicest things and be so uplifting. Thank you for helping me on the WORST day of my life
      Love
      Your old and dear friend
      Ruthie

  • Ruth, Gary, Tyler, Trevor, and Tara;
    We are so sorry for your loss. May all of you remember the good times you had with grandpa/dad. He will be greatly missed from the first time we looked at buying the property and his warm welcome to park in your driveway and checking out the good water he sold it. We have enjoyed living beside your family and join in your sorrow for his passing. What a great life he had watching all three of his grandkids grow up from the first day they came home. Not many grandparents get that joy. You will all keep a special place in your hearts for your special memories and we hope this helps you through the rough times .

    • Slagle family❤️❤️
      That was by far was some of
      The most touching and amazing words. He loved you all!! Thanks for taking such good care of him. You treated him like your own.
      Love
      Ruth, Gary, Trevor, Tyler & Tara

  • Ruth,

    Im so sorry for you loss. Your dad was always the kindest person. I remember how he would roll his eyes and disappear into the house whenever all us girls would show up. Youre in my thoughts and prayers.

    Stay strong.

    • Teresa
      He never argued when I wanted to have parties and turn the barn into a “gym”. He just always said “yes”. Made sure I had what I needed and a way to make it all work. Thanks!!

  • Dad was a man of very few words but the look in his eyes said everything. He will be greatly missed by so many . I loved him more and more the older we got and will cherish every memory I have of him. To my sister Ruth . You and Dad shared a special bond and he was very proud of you and the Lady you turned out to be.

    • Wayne
      Thanks for all of your help and the time you spent and cared with dad. I’m glad you both had a great relationship that grew stronger as we grew up. You always were there and that meant the world to him.
      Love you!!

  • Ruthann,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing! You’re in my thoughts & prayers . Love & hugs to you all!

    Love, Heather Hamilton

    • Thanks Heather
      It was not what he and I were planning at all. He was supposed to come home August 13 when the antibiotics were done and I was going to take care of him. They would not let me take him home while he was on the medicine.
      Hold on tight to your dad.
      Love
      Ruth Ann

  • Dear Garland and Family — We are saddened to read about the passing of your brother. Sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown (Cooper Friends)

    • This obituary is for garlands dad. His name is also Ned Fletcher.
      Ned jr is fine.
      Thanks for the condolences
      Ruth (garlands sister)

  • Ruthie,
    So sorry to hear about your dad. He will be missed by a lot of people. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mike and Jackie Corwin

    • Thank you!!
      Yes he was a permanent fixture for many years😄
      For years there wasn’t a day go by you could not find him at the grill or Denny’s or galena. He would make his rounds.
      Thanks
      Ruth Ann

  • Ruth and family.
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad/grandpa. He was such a great man. Always a smile on his face to share with the kids. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jennifer Bolton and family

    • Jenn
      It’s been a roller coaster for sure. We thought he was going to bounce back but just was to tired. He lived a long good life.
      He enjoyed talking to you and the smiles from your kids.
      Thanks
      Ruth Ann

  • Ruth and family.
    Sending you our deepest sympathy in the loss to your family. Hugs and strength to all of you.

    Gracie & Heather Pheasant

  • Ruth Ann, we are sending our prayers and deepest condolences to you and your family. We always enjoyed visiting with Ned, when we ran into him at one of the restaurants around Sunbury. Sunbury will surely miss him.

    • Steve and Ginny
      Thank you! Having someone just said “hi” made his day. He loved this town and all those that came with it.
      Thanks
      Ruth Ann

  • I’m so sorry for the lost of Ned , he seemed to be a part of the Frakes Family for so many years , he was a great person inside and out , would do anything for anybody , he will be truly missed !!!!!!

    • Pam
      He was proud to be a part of the Frakes family. He and Eldon would crack me up. 2 peas in a pod. Yes he would try to help anyone that needed it. All they had to do was ask.
      Thanks
      Ruthie

  • Ned was my sons first football coach. What a great coach he was as well as a friend to the boys. Every time we ran into him throughout the years, he always remembered and cared how they were doing.. RIP Ned you will be missed.

    • Jean
      He enjoyed knowing how the kids had grown. Always felt as tho he may have helped in some way lol. Thanks for thinking of him.
      Ruth Ann

  • Ruth Ann, I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. May God be with you to heal your pain and he rest in peace.

  • He was a good man! I remember He was always on Jake’s butt! But he needed it! Prayers for your family.

    • Rhonda
      Poor Jake!! My dad loved his football players and knew the ones that needed extra get up and go!! And gave that extra attention lol.
      I find myself doing the same to my boys in football and Tara in softball. I hear my dad come out of my mouth every time they go on the field.
      Thanks for the thoughts
      Ruth Ann

  • I will never say goodbye to you my Father
    because I know this is not the end for us to see each other.
    You will only be going to a place where there’s no pain nor suffering.
    I am happy for you, for you will be with God.
    For now we need to go in separate ways.
    I remember how your arms hold me and give me strength.
    You were always there to listen, love, and defend me in everything.
    You were my very best friend.
    In my triumphs you were always proud.
    I’m very grateful and proud to call you my dad.
    Here deep inside my heart you’ll always be.
    I would give up everything I have just to hug you one more time.
    I remember the last time I held your hand and how you looked at me in the eyes.
    If only I could turn back the time I would have never let you go.
    I felt the world stop and my heart stop beating when they told me you were gone…….
    How I wish I was only dreaming.
    Just like the rain; tears fell down from my eyes, I couldn’t speak for awhile.
    Thank you Dad….
    For always understanding, listening, caring, and loving me your whole life.
    The greatest gift God gave me was YOU…….. my Dad…
    It’s difficult to let you go but I must…
    I must return the gift God gave me…
    Till then;
    See you in Heaven………

    • Beautiful!!
      Dad was so proud of you and everything you accomplished. He would tell everyone how you and Ned built that room.
      Thanks for spending precious time with him.
      Love
      Ruth

  • I knew Ned well he worked on my car back in the day please except my condolences he was a great member of the community.

    • David
      I heard my dad was one of the best mechanics around back in the day. Of course as a kid you never think your parent is anything like that. Now as a adult I see. I do know that even in the last few years when we had to drive our own vehicle as mail trucks I had a flat and I called him and out he came to change my tire. As hard as it was for him to do he never complained or blinked an eye. I
      Had the best dad I could ever ask for.
      Thanks for sharing!!
      Ruth Ann

  • SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT NED!
    I PLAYED AGAINST AND COACHED AGAINST HIM FOR MANY YEARS!
    HE WAS A GOOD MAN AND FUNNY! HE WILL BE MISSED

  • Ruth Ann,
    I just wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of your Dad. He was a character! I feel really awful that I will be unable to attend his services later today. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. I’am sure the gang (Rolly, Larry, Big Mike and your Dad) are all up in heaven talking shop again! They loved racing!

    • Candy
      Yes I feel the same about the racing ” gang”
      They will have a lot to catch up on and get back to business.
      Thanks for the great memories
      Ruth Ann

  • Ruth Ann,
    Words cannot express the heartache I feel for your loss. Your dad was an amazing man and I have many, many fond memories that I will cherish forever. I want to thank you, Gary, Tyler, Trevor and Tara for sharing him with us…I feel that Randy and I are better people to have known him. He will be missed by many, but will remain in our hearts. Hugs and much love to you all.
    Shara and Randy

    • Shara and Randy
      Dad and I had so much fun in little league with you and then Gary & Randy. We were family. Then along came the kids. I love that little league is long gone but not the memories so I know we can hold those tight and cherish them always. Our friendship stayed strong. Dad loved you so much. He always knew you had his “back” and we had yours. Thank you for always being there, even now!!
      Love
      Ruth, Gary
      Trevor, Tyler & Tara

  • That smirk of his said so much. He went racing alot with us when I was a kid growing up. Could always count on Ned to keep Rolly and I in line…… well sorta!!!! Sometimes the line had some curves… RIP ole friend..

    • Chuck
      I’m sure he did not try to hard or was the instigator lol. He always had a good time no matter where he was but the race track with friends was one of his favorite places to be. Thanks for enjoying time with him
      Ruth Ann

  • I was a childhood friend of “Squab”. Lost track of him when I moved away from Sunbury. So nice to hear of the legacy that he left. From those who really experienced his life with him he will surely be misssed

    • Norm
      I will miss hearing stories of my dad. I hope to hear them often. I long for the “Ol timers” to come up to me and say “hey aren’t you Ned Fletchers daughter”? That would bring the biggest smile to my face and my heart as big as the ocean. I’ll never forget all the stories I have been told and try to keep them alive to my children!!
      Thank you!
      Take care
      Ruth Ann