John W. “Bill” Fletcher, 91, died peacefully on Saturday, May 29 at Inova Lansdowne Hospital. He was born in Leesburg, Virginia on March 19, 1930 to the late William Essie and Eva Geneva (Muncy) Fletcher.
He is survived by his wife Mary of Round Hill, VA, son John of Lewiston, ME, son Jeff (Gail) of Lovettsville, VA, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his sister Shirley Gardner of Ashburn, VA, brother Jack Fletcher of Herndon, VA, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son James Matthew, four brothers, and three sisters.
Bill was the ninth of ten children and spent his childhood on the family dairy farm in Ashburn, VA.
He graduated from Leesburg High School in 1948 and remained on the farm until February 1955 when he was inducted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1957.
Bill was introduced to his wife Mary on a blind date in 1959 and the two were married on May 14, 1960. Over the next 61 years, Bill and Mary made their home in Round Hill, Virginia. He went to work selling milking parlor equipment for Whitmore & Arnold (Browning Equipment) in 1969. He enjoyed nearly 30 years supporting the hundreds of dairy farms in and around Loudoun County and later selling tractors and farm equipment.
Bill was happiest when he was busy working outside. He loved mowing and tending to his garden. He looked forward to visiting parks across West Virginia but especially enjoyed Black Water Falls and Watoga. He never met a stranger and enjoyed striking up a conversation with anyone he came in contact with. He was a huge baseball fan. He played on several teams and coached many, including over a decade with Pee Wee Little League in Round Hill. He was a firm believer in teaching the boys how to play the game and to focus on the joy of playing, not winning. He was an avid bowler and golfer who enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and league mates.
His faith and church family were an important part of his life. He was an active member of the Hamilton Baptist Church. Over the years Bill served as a Greeter, Usher, and Deacon. He also served as the Properties Committee Chairman for over 15 years. He was a long-standing member of the Hamilton Ruritan Club and was instrumental in establishing the club’s scholarship program for students furthering their education.
In his later years he enjoyed taking day trips to have lunch or visit an antique store and the “daytime road trips” with his friend Tom Myers. He loved getting together with family for a meal or trip to the ice cream stand. He will be missed, but not forgotten, by his family and all those who knew him.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the teams at Inova Lansdowne Hospital and Capital Caring Hospice who cared for him at the end of his life. Kyle, Aaron, Nicole, and the entire staff demonstrated compassion and comfort to Bill and Mary.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Hamilton Baptist Church. Visitation beginning at 10:00 am, the service at 11:00 am, followed by interment at Union Cemetery in Leesburg with military honors.
In lieu of flowers the family requests a memorial contribution to Windswept Academy PO Box 1576 Eagle Butte, SD 57625.
Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.