George W. Fletcher, age 80, of Hayward, WI and formerly of Clam Lake, WI passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at his home.
George Wells Fletcher was born August 28, 1932 in Menomonie, WI the son of Alan and Arvilla (Hake) Fletcher. George was raised in the Menomonie area and graduated from high school there. In his youth he enjoyed racing boats, snowmobiles and go-carts. George joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. While in the Navy he served as part of the Construction Battalion or "Seabees" where he received training in heavy equipment operation. George received the National Defense Service Medal for his time in service and was honorably discharged on October 11, 1955. After his time in the service George returned to Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin Stout and then River Falls. George went to work with his father, Alan Fletcher as a heavy equipment operator doing road construction throughout Wisconsin. George was very successful getting bids accepted by the state for sections of highways. He and his father also had a deer farm operation in Delta, WI where they would sell venison to restaurants in New York and other areas. On February 24, 1962 George was joined in marriage to Elizabeth A. Hackey in Nashua, IA. After the construction business was sold George went to work as an over the road trucker for International Transport Trucking. He moved the family to Rochester, MN where he was based out of. George took a job with Presto Munitions in Eau Claire, WI during the Vietnam War. He then went to work for a marina where he serviced boat motors in Menomonie, WI. George and Liz moved to Clam Lake, WI where they built a log home from the timbers on their land. While living in Clam Lake, George went to work for Ross' Teal Lake Lodge and helped with the construction of the Teal Wing Golf Course. He was a member of the Hayward Wesleyan Church. George will be remembered for his good heart and his willingness to help others.
George is survived by his wife of 51 years, Liz; two daughters, Jenny (Gary) Lorenzen of Forest Lake, MN, Cathy (Michael) Bellesbach of Trempealeau, WI; four grandchildren, Stephanie (Philip) Weigel, Crystill (Dave) Boomgarden; Amy (Kristopher Thompson) Lorenzen, Danielle (Mike) Olson; seven great grandchildren, Jonathan, Emma, Cole, Dylan, Maysen, Brennon, and Devin; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Arvilla Fletcher.
A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 15th at the Hayward Wesleyan Church. A luncheon will follow the service at the church.