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Columbia Missourian

Lyall Fletcher was a teacher, wrestling coach, friend and family man

By Timothy Maylander
October 21, 2013 | 6:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Lyall B. Fletcher of Columbia died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. He was 90.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1922, in Bainbridge, N.Y., to Clinton and Margaret (Bradish) Fletcher.

He married Dorothy Moyer on Sept. 11, 1948, in Gladwyne, Pa.

Mr. Fletcher graduated from Ithaca College in New York and later became a physical education teacher. He served as a wrestling coach for many years and had a junior varsity wrestling tournament named after him.

He worked as a teacher at the State University of New York at Oneonta for 18 years. After retirement, he lived in Harlingen, Texas, and tutored children in reading for many years.

He was a member of the Lion's Club who loved to play pool and teach others to play. He was an active, caring and loving father and grandfather.

Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Columbia; a son, Richard Fletcher and wife Charlotte of Rocky Hill, Conn.; two daughters, Judith Lewis and Deborah Fletcher, both of Jefferson City; seven grandchildren, Richard Fletcher of Wilmington, Vt., James Lewis and wife Jennifer of Bedford, Texas, Daniel Stock of Afghanistan, Lisa Gates and husband Brian of Marcellus, N.Y., Jennifer Littlefield and husband Robert of Wilmington, Vt., Heather Liddell of Lone Oak, Texas, and Leah Stock of Jefferson City; and eight great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Elton Fletcher and Ernest Fletcher, and a sister, Arlene Bell, died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Lenoir Woods, 3710 S. Lenoir St.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lenoir Woods, 3710 S. Lenoir St., Columbia, MO 65201 or the Central Missouri Alzheimer's Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.

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