James Lee Fletcher

James Lee Fletcher

September 8, 1928 – August 11, 2021

James (Jim/Jimmy Lee) Lee Fletcher went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 11, 2021. Jim was born 92 years ago in Warner, Oklahoma to John Thomas Fletcher and Anna Lee Swaffar Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John Thomas Fletcher Jr., and daughter Cal Fire Captain Mary Fletcher.

Jim began his Navy career in 1945 and eventually became a decorated U.S. Naval pilot. He received his A.A. degree from Connors State Agriculture College and Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Oklahoma. Jim served in three wars—World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air medals, plus several service medals and ribbons for combat actions. Jim’s last assignment was teaching aeronautical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (where he once was a student). Jim retired in 1971, after 26 years of distinguished service in the USN as a Commander.

After his Navy career, Jim established a private investigation company where he specialized in accident reconstruction. In 1980, he moved to Placerville where he began his final career as a vineyard owner and beloved ‘Papa’.

Jim lived a full, active life. He was an avid bird watcher, fisherman and RV’er. He always enjoyed fishing and camping with his grandsons, his black lab Boomer, and most importantly, his wife ‘Bam’.

Jim is survived by his ‘bride’ of 73 years, Virginia (Bam) Whitson Fletcher; his sister Margaret Ann Seals (Jim); his children Jo Cunningham (Kevin), Jon Fletcher (Debi), and Martha Fletcher; his grandsons Lane Cunningham, Garrett Fletcher (Delicia), Brad Fletcher (Jessie), and Neal Cunningham (Dani); and his great-grandchildren Kaydence Fletcher, Tylee Carlson, Cabe Carlson, and Abigail Fletcher.

Interment will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA on August 26, 2021 at 9:30am. The memorial service will be held at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA on August 26, 2021 at 1:00pm. Reception to follow at Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Community Hospice Foundation, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356, give.hospiceheart.org, or Susan G. Koman Breast Cance Foundation at koman.org.

Livestream link of the funeral: https://www.viewlogies.net/allen/nQPiKXTVt 

PIN: 282-532

3 Comments

  • Elizabeth LaGreca August 18, 2021 12:41 am

    You have all been in our hearts & prayers. Getting to meet Papa & Bam back in 2017, was a highlight & a blessing. Watching them dance on the dance floor and our lasting every other couple for 70+ years of marriage. Amazing. Joe & I aspire to be THEM! Welcome Home, Papa! Give Mary a big hug! All our love to the family, The LaGrecas

    • Jo Cunningham August 21, 2021 7:03 am

      ❤️

  • David Fletcher Seals August 22, 2021 12:36 pm

    We would Not be here in America with liberty to pursue happiness if it was not for people like my uncle Jim Fletcher. Thank you Sir! Mission accomplished! Love always.
    David Fletcher Seals (granndaddy Fletch)

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