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Wallace "Skip" Elwood Fletcher



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Wallace "Skip" Elwood Fletcher

Seward resident, Wallace "Skip" Elwood Fletcher, 84, died at the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center on Nov. 21, 2013 due to complications of the heart.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Seward High School auditorium at 2100 Swetmann Ave., with Pastor Jim Doepken officiating. A reception will follow at the Seward Brewing Company at 139 Fourth Ave.

Skip was born on March 19, 1929 at Seattle, Wash. and became a resident of Alaska soon after. He served his country from 1952-55 in the U.S. Army. In time he became the owner and operator of Fletcher Theaters in Alaska, as well as KRXA radio in Seward. He was a member of the United Methodist Church as well as serving his community in the Civil Air Patrol and as a Red Cross Volunteer. His hobbies and interests were in photography, ham radio, flying and making music.

The family wrote that, Skip Fletcher will always be remembered fondly as a true Alaskan Pioneer. Since the day he was born in 1929 he was busy forging a path and entertaining Alaskans in the theatre industry. Skip loved nothing more than waking up each morning to start a new day. He owned and operated several theaters in Alaska as well as laundromats and succeeded in starting up his true joy, KRXA radio. Skip loved to fly, travel the U.S. and drive the Al-Can.

He was a true family man who dearly loved his family. Skip loved his wife Marie deeply. Married for 56 years, they shared a lifetime of laughter, fun and mostly love. Marie often referred to Skip as her shadow. Two peas in a pod, they weathered the years always together. He will be greatly missed.

Wallace "Skip" Fletcher was preceded in death by his mother Ina Fletcher and father John Fletcher. As well as his sister Jeannette Williamson, brother Raymond Fletcher, and his son Douglas Fletcher.

Skip is survived by his wife Marie Fletcher of Seward; son Skip Fletcher of Lahaina, Hawaii; daughters Saundra Fletcher of Anchorage; Nancy Fletcher of Moses Lake, Wash .; Suzanne Moore of Snohomish, Wash .; and Kambe Padgett of Wasilla and his brother John Fletcher of Kodiak.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 200 D Street, P.O. Box 1136, Seward, AK 99664.

Arrangements are under the care of the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory. Visit Wallace "Skip" Fletcher's on line guest book at


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