We have lost a great friend and supporter: Duane Fletchall died on February 11, 2022.
Here is the obituary of Duane, shared on the Statesman Journal by his friends and family:
Duane Fletchall, age 71, passed away surrounded by his immediate family on February 11th, 2022.
He and his twin sister, Deanna, were born in Mill City, Oregon to Cleo “John” and Claudia (nee Wood) Fletchall. The Fletchall family moved to Salem, Oregon, where Duane and his four siblings attended Parrish and North Salem schools. After high school graduation, he attended Eastern Oregon University, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. His greatest accomplishment in La Grande was meeting, and eventually marrying the love of his life, Michele. They married in 1975, and had two children by June of 1980.
Duane retired as a Sergeant from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, having been on the police force for just shy of 27 years. Throughout those years, Fletchall was proud to serve and help others in the community. By the end of his tenure with the sheriff’s office, Fletchall had earned many medals, including Life Saving, and a Purple Heart. He developed life-long friendships, with many of the men and women who served with him during those years, and maintained that trust and respect always.
Though Fletchall took pride in serving on the police force, his greatest joy came from spending quality time with his family. He always looked forward to “Fletchall Family Vacations” with his wife and children. Duane was always up to try new adventures with his children, and when four grandsons entered his world, he was intentional in making space and time to build memories with them. Hunting, fishing, and camping were passions he proudly passed on to the boys.
Duane will be deeply missed and fondly remembered, especially by his family: Michele (Wife), Andrew and Jaimie (son), Jack, Henry, George and James (grandsons), Lindsay and Angus (daughter), Jane (sister), Deanna & Jerry (sister), Terry & Leeana (brother), Mark & Denise (Brother), and many nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be held at St. Edward’s Church in Keizer, Oregon, February 25th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception in the Spinning Room at Willamette Heritage.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Catholic Community Services.
Posted online on February 18, 2022
Published in Statesman Journal