Harold J. Fletcher, M.D.


Harold J. "Doc" Fletcher, M.D., age 73, of Lake Madison, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at V.A. Community Living Center, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. Visitation with the family present was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Ellsworth Funeral Home, Madison.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Wentworth, with military honors by the Chester American Legion.

Harold was born March 30, 1938, at Graceville, MN, to Clarence and Kathryn (Bohnet) Fletcher. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Clinton High School. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and married Karen Evans on July 24, 1959, at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX.

Harold earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota in 1967. He served his internship at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. They moved to Brandon where he was a family practice doctor. Then they moved to Vermillion, where he continued to practice family medicine and also surgery for over 30 years.

He was active in many organizations including American Cancer Society and District Medical Society. He also enjoyed his hobby of farming and sheep ranching. Harold was the second recipient of a heart transplant from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He later retired and moved to Lake Madison. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Chester American Legion. They enjoyed vacationing in Luquillo, Puerto Rico.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard Fletcher; and one sister, Luella Bolden.

Survivors include his wife, Karen of Lake Madison; five daughters, Pamela (Norman) Heimstra of Longmont, CO, Kristine (Rey) Castillo of Santa Barbara, CA, Valerie (Taylor) Kelso of Omaha, NE, Dr. Nicole (Dr. Roger) Paulman of Omaha, NE and Ashley Fletcher of Boonville, NY; six grandchildren, Wesley and Meghan Heimstra, Madeline and Gabriella Kelso and Everett and Fletcher Paulman; and three sisters, Bonnie Wolff of Snohomish, WA, Ann (Dennis) Hilmer of Everett, WA, and Lois (Dave) Owen of Marysville, WA.

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