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Harvey Fletcher, 91, of San Antonio passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
He was born on November 22, 1922, and grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri. As a patriot, he distinguished himself many times in combat during WWII in Europe as an infantry leader, both as an enlisted soldier and a Captain. He was decorated with a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts for his leadership, gallantry and valor.
He married Frances Schultz in May of 1947, and together they had three children. He spent 36 years in the beverage industry, and owned his own retail liquor store, "Harvey's Interstate Liquors". He was an active Mason and member of Alzafar Shrine.
Harvey traveled all over Texas, entering his Montezuma Tequila chili in cook-offs, including the World Championship in Terlingua. He participated in cooking the world's largest pot of chili on the steps of the state capital, making chili the official state dish of Texas.
Harvey loved his country and he devoted his retirement years to writing and drawing a series of over 100 historical maps that are now cataloged in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (www.historical-us-maps.com)
Harvey is survived by Frances Fletcher, his three children Lynda Boeselt (wife of Bernard), Kenneth Fletcher (husband of Lori), and Donald Fletcher (husband of Courtney), seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Harvey's body has been donated to the University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children (www.alzafar.org).
Published in Express-News on Dec. 22, 2013