He always called himself a side-hill gouger, fitting for a man who scraped out a living as a logger and a farmer.
On Jan. 17, 2013, William Keith Fletcher passed away while snowmobiling on the back ridge of his home place. Known by everyone as Keith, he was born Oct. 7, 1935, in Okanogan, Wash., to Shirley and Alice Fletcher.
He was raised in Ferry County on "Emery's Ground," a chunk of black-dirt farmland nestled between the north end of Curlew Lake and Mt. Elizabeth and bordered by an old aspen grove with a panoramic view of the Kettle Mountain Range — the spot where his granddad homesteaded in 1901. Keith attended Republic school with the class of '54, in 1957, he married Wanda Fraley.
He loved bluegrass and country music, and he played guitar and picked a little banjo. Later in life, he learned to play the fiddle. You could usually find him outside taking care of the farm. He loved guns, hunting, and snowmobiling and would surprise you with his candid wit. Keith belonged to a world-wide, non-denominational Christian fellowship.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wanda; his five daughters, Connie Fletcher, Republic, Brenda Hanson (Robert), Whitefish, Mont., Jeannie McCullough (Dave), Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Kelli Medhus (Mel), Columbia Falls, Mont., and Holly Tietz (Danny), Clarkston, Wash.; eleven grandchildren, Heidi Horak (Jeff), Scott Hanson (Jenna), David McCullough, Keith Harmon (Alicia), Allison McCullough, John Harmon (Hayley), Megan Biggs, Madelyn Druffel, Andrew Druffel, Cole Medhus, and Scout Medhus; great-grandson, Emery Druffel; sister, Gracie Warner (Dave); brother, Gary Fletcher (Sue); and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were arranged by Bergh Funeral Home and officiated by Scott Price, Mark Simmons, and Bill Reynolds, with interment at the Republic Cemetery on Jan. 26, 2013. Memorials may be made to the Curlew School music program.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Keith by signing his online guestbook at www.berghfuneralservice.com