Gary L. Fletcher, 64, of rural Thompsonville, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at his home.
He was born on Thursday, Jan. 14, 1954, in Harrisburg, the son of Homer Lee and Wanda Lee (Gregory) Fletcher. Gary attended school in Galatia and was a graduate of Galatia High School's Class of 1972. He went on with his education at Southeastern Illinois College, near Harrisburg, where he received his associate degree.
Gary's working career in farming began at a young age with his father. He continued his farming career and enjoyed raising grains and hogs up until the time of his passing. His current home and farm is only about a mile away from his boyhood home.
He was united in marriage to Marguerite Fay Thompson on Saturday, Jan. 28, 1984, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Marion, and together, they have enjoyed over 34 years of marriage.
Gary was a member of the First Baptist Church of Galatia.
He was also a member of the Saline and Williamson County Farm Bureaus.
Though farming always kept his life very busy, Gary enjoyed golfing in his spare time. He also enjoyed gardening and raising vegetables and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. He loved people and enjoyed visiting with all his neighbors, other farmers, and spending time with his family. He loved his children and was always interested in all of their activities and very proud of their accomplishments, especially their education and life's careers. The many memories that have been created will now be cherished by those he leaves behind.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite F. "Marg" Fletcher of rural Thompsonville; son, Ryan L. Fletcher of Oxford, Mississippi; daughter, Jennifer L. Fletcher of Newburgh, Indiana; mother, Wanda L. Fletcher of Galatia, sister, Cynthia Adams of Marion and James N. of Carbondale; two nephews, James Adams and his wife, Beth, of Carterville, and Thomas Adams of Carbondale; as well as other extended family and many friends. Gary was preceded in death by his father.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion. The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the funeral home.
Visitation will resume on Sunday. March 4 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at Ebenezer Community Church, located near Gary's home on Ebenezer Road northeast of Marion near the Saline, Franklin and Williamson County line.
Pastor Keith Fletcher will officiate the service. Interment will follow just outside of the church in the Ebenezer Cemetery.
For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to "Hospice of Southern Illinois" and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church.
For details, complete family information or to leave an online condolence or memory, please visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com or call the funeral home at (618) 993-2131.