Fletcher Samuel Bleak
Fletcher, known by many friends and family as Rosie, passed away on March 17, 2014, at home, at the age of 91.
Fletcher was born in Paragonah, Utah, to Leonard and Viola Bleak and was preceded in death by his siblings Amanda Willard, Deward and Julius Bleak, Beatrice Shideler, Rob and Howard Robinson, and beloved daughters Karen Manuppella, Sara LouAnn Bassham and Nancy Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ellen; son Lawrence and Debra Brackett; son-in-law Marvin and Esther Claridge; grandchildren Ginger and Mike Ray, Robert and Brandi Manuppella, Louie and Casey Manuppella, Kent Claridge, Kelsy Claridge, Lisa and Chris Evenson, Julie and John Ramirez, Kevin and Becky Nelson, Jennifer and Travis Howell, and Kelly and Kole McCaughey; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Due to the death of his mother and ill health of his father, he was sent to live with his mother’s sister, Zola, and her husband Joe Robinson at the age of six. They raised him as one of their own along with Beatrice, Rob and Howard.
In his early years, Fletch spent his time on the Robinson sheep ranch. During that time, he married Loraine Hall. Shortly after his marriage in 1944, he was called to duty serving in the Army with the 42nd Infantry in Germany and Austria. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Colorado and the Robinson Ranch; later marrying Ellen Wilson in 1959.
He spent many years in the Oil Shale Industry, where at the age of 67, he retired upon the closure of Unocal’s Oil Shale Project.
Fletch was known as a man of great generosity and a kind spirit. He left his family and many friends with memories of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed. We love you … big bear hugs.
A celebration of his life will be held at the LDS Church in Rifle, Saturday the 29th of March at 1 p.m.
Graveside services will be planned for a later date.
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