Charles L. Fletcher, 97, of Burgettstown, passed away Sunday morning, August 4, 2019.
The last of his immediate family, he was born September 9, 1921, in Adams, Tenn., a son of the late Thaddeus and Christine Rodger Fletcher.
His family moved to Langeloth in 1927, where he was raised and graduated from Union High School in 1939 and also attended Duff's Business College in Pittsburgh and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corp, he served from 1942-1945, two of those years in Pearl Harbor. He was honorably discharged as a master sergeant.
At one time he was employed by American Zinc and Chemical Company and also for the Delfrate Packing Company. He retired after 37 years from American Foods Company, where he was a sales manager.
Every year a person in the Burgettstown community is selected by the public and is awarded the Burgettstown Community Library "Good Egg" Award for improving the quality of life in the area. In May 2003, Charlie was the recipient of this award.
He was a member of Langeloth United Presbyterian Church since 1927, the Richard Vaux Lodge 454 Free & Accepted Masons in Burgettstown and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh, where he was a 32 Degree Mason, the Washington Green Scottish Rite Club, Four Seasons Club in Weirton, W.Va., the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
An avid dancer, he was a member of The Pennsylvania Medley Dance Club of Beaver Valley and the Memory Lane Dance Club of East Liverpool, Ohio. He was also a member of the International Coca-Cola Collectors Club, American Association of Retired Persons, Polish National Alliance Club and the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ).
Charlie was an active member of the Burgettstown Area Senior Citizens Association, where he served as the Chairman of the Entertainment Committee. He was instrumental in booking acts like Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye and other big bands for peoples dancing pleasure.
He was a past member of the Burgettstown Borough Council, also a former member of the Burgettstown Lions Club, served as the Business Coordinator for the Charity Bingo Association, which encompassed the Burgettstown, Slovan and Hanover Township Fire Departments, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Burgettstown, St. Michael Church in Avella and the Slovan Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing with his close friend and companion Rose Marie Sebastian, going out to breakfast and auctions with his friends Jake Schneider, Jack Davis and Ray Balogna, and spending time with his family.
On September 23, 1949, at St. John's Church in Wellsburg, W.Va., he married his beloved wife, Helen V. Lewis, who preceded him in death January 19, 2000, after 50 years of marriage.
He is survived by his two sons, Frederick Fletcher and wife Dee of Mt. Lebanon, and William Fletcher of Burgettstown; five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Sean, Harrison and Christian Fletcher, Cara Keter and husband Damien; a great-grandson, Rowan Keter; a sister-in-law, Betty Ann Fletcher; several nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are two grandchildren, Nicole and Timmy Fletcher; and his brothers, Bill and Don Fletcher.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, in LEE & MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021, where the Richard Vaux Lodge 454 will conduct a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 8, in Langeloth Church of Christ, 1368 Langeloth Road, Langeloth, with Tom Derby officiating. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church on Thursday morning.
Interment with full Military Honors accorded by the United States Marine Corp will follow in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Hickory.
Those wishing to honor Charlie in a special way can make a memorial donation in his memory to Burgettstown Senior Citizens Association, 200 Senior Way, Burgettstown, PA 15021.