Robert James Fletcher|
March 21, 1927~January 11, 2013
Robert Fletcher passed away peacefully at his home in Madison Park at age 85. He was a loving husband of 47 years to his beloved wife Phyllis, and a devoted family man.
Bob was born March 21, 1927 in Seattle to Ona and James Fletcher. He grew up in the Madrona neighborhood, attend-ed Madrona Elementary and graduated from Garfield High School. Bob and his brother Jack enjoyed many summers of high adventure at their summer home on Vashon Island with their parents.
While at Garfield High School Bob played football and threw shot-put during track season. Upon early graduation, Bob joined the Navy in 1945 and received his diploma wearing his Navy whites. He first went to boot camp in San Diego and then was posted aboard an aircraft carrier bound for the South Pacific with a stop in Hawaii. While there the war ended and his ship returned to San Francisco where he mustered out.
His college years were spent at the University of Washington, where he rowed varsity crew and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduation, Bob was employed by the Royal Insurance Group until the mid 1950's when he started his own property and casualty brokerage firm which he continued to operate until his retirement in his 70's.
In 1966 when Bob married the love of his life, Phyllis, he also became "dad" to her three children. His activities and interests were numerous and diverse and he was happy to share these with his family. He was an excellent hunter, skeet shooter, and trained world class German Shorthairs. Bob piloted his own airplanes and cabin cruisers. He could build anything, from furniture to decks, and even re-built a 1957 Morgan. Bob was a voracious reader of nonfiction and was well informed on any given topic. He attended virtually every Husky home football game for over 45 years. Bob and Phyllis enjoyed their time every February in both Mexico and Maui throughout their marriage as well as skiing vacations to Sun Valley, cruising in the San Juans, summers in Lake Chelan with children, grandchildren and friends. They were avid travelers, including 12 cruises, one being a three month sojourn around the world.
Bob is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Diana Elmer and sons David and Kevin (Sue) Hughes, granddaughters Leslie Elmer and Jessica Hughes, and grandson Mathew Elmer, brother Jack Fletcher and nephews Jim and John Fletcher. Bob was very loved and will be greatly missed, but we are grateful for all the wonderful memories and his love that we hold dear in our hearts.
Please join the family for a gathering at his home Saturday, January 26th between 3pm and 6pm to celebrate his life.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 20, 2013