January 14, 1933 ‒ August 01, 2016
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 .