Charles Phillip Fletcher was born August 11, 1950 in Creston, Iowa to Alice Alcista (Wimer) and Everett Troy Fletcher. Charlie graduated from Eagleville High School in 1968. Charles married Roxie Kaye Smith on July 21, 1976. They made Diagonal their home where they raised their three children: Robert, Charlotte, and Danny.
Charlie was a farmer most recently but was a jack of all trades and could master them all. While growing up a farm kid he helped wherever he was needed. He spent several years as a mechanic after graduating from SWCC’s automotive course. He also served as the “Town Man” for the city of Diagonal for several years. He spent a few years working at Longfellow Drilling, after that he and Ronnie Schlapia put up “Charlie’s Pig Palace” a hog barn that he ran with a lot of help from Robert, Danny, and Roxie. Spending summers out there keeping an eye on things. He also worked for several years at the United Farmers Coop. He would be up and down the road, night and day making sure the grain dryers were running. Later when he “retired” he took to farming and started a side business of cows and haying for several local people. He loved taking care of his cows and they all had a name and he could tell them apart from across the pasture. He also spent a lot of time at Diagonal Tractor LLC helping nephew Aaron Davenport who he called “his little buddy”. Working out there was a great joy for him. Splitting a tractor in two and finding out what was wrong and what they needed to do to fix it was fun for him.
He loved his family and spending time with them. Family dinners for the holidays were his que to get up early and start cooking the turkey for dinner. Jokingly complaining about it the whole time. When the grandkids were old enough, they also spent time with grandpa on the farm. He would show them the cows and let them feed them or give them a ride in the combine or tractor. They gave him another chance for him to be a kid again.
He went to be with the lord and his wife Roxie on September 3, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett & Alice Fletcher; wife Roxie in 2016; brothers Larry, John, David and Ed Fletcher; brothers-in-law Myron Schnackenberg, Bud Ayres, Cecil Edward Smith, Richard Wayne Smith, Bob Strange and twin Lee & Dee Smith; parents-in-law; nephew Robert Fletcher.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children Robert Fletcher of Diagonal, Charlotte (Casey Barber) Fletcher of Creston, and Danny (Heather) Fletcher of Louisiana; grandchildren Brenton Barber of Creston, Hanna Hartman of Creston, Baylee Fletcher of Louisiana, Megan Reese (Devin Heimke) of Corning, and Jezzi Wynn of Corning; great grandchildren Sawyer and Leo Heimke; siblings Peggy (Ted) Olson of Mitchellville, Richard Fletcher of Corning, Karen (Dale) Magee of Creston, Tom Fletcher of Diagonal, Steve (Jolene) Fletcher of Mount Ayr, Patty (Ronnie) Bird of Creston; sisters-in-law Bonnie Fletcher, Betty Jean Schnackenberg of Diagonal, Irene Ayres of Mount Ayr, Phyllis (Dale) Cregeen of Rockford, IL, Dorothy Smith of Clearfield and Barb Strange of Mount Ayr; brothers-in-law Jock (Robin) Smith of Utica, MO, Gary (Brenda) Smith of Diagonal and John Smith of Arizona; Aunt Lavina Wimer of Mount Ayr; special friend Bonnie Weis; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made in Charlie's name to be decided at a later date.
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