Gene I. Fletcher

August 8, 1934July 2, 2013
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Gene I. Fletcher, 78, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Tues., July 2, 2013 at Hospice House in Lecanto, FL. A native of Bell, FL, he was born Aug. 8, 1934 to Arthur and Thelma (Hodge) Fletcher, one of four children. Mr. Fletcher was a retired electrician, most recently with the Florida Power Crystal River Nuclear Plant. He began his career as an electrician with Carlos Hope Electrical Contractor in northern Florida and at one time also owned and operated a trucking company in Perry, FL. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local #1205, Gainesville and was also a Mason. Gene was a kind and genuine man of strong character and integrity. He was a man of his word and “his word was his bond”. He moved to Citrus County in 1980 from Perry and was well liked and respected in the county. Mr. Fletcher was a determined, strong willed man with a great sense of humor. Gene loved to eat and was proud of being a “meat and potatoes man” who was also fond of our local shrimp. He is survived by his loving companion of 20 years, Claudia B. Giemsch, Homosassa, FL; mother Thelma H. Fletcher, Gainesville, FL; sister Judi Furman, also of Gainesville, and nieces and nephews Holly, Chris, Arthur, Louis, Michael, Jennifer, Katie and Thomas. Gene was preceded in death by two spouses, Mattie and Marilyn; father Arthur W. Fletcher (2004); brother Arthur F. Fletcher and sister Inarae Young and a niece, Becky Culala. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida. Come and share in the celebration and bring your memories.


  • Celebration of Life Reception Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gene I. Fletcher

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Kenneth Hakken

September 29, 2013

I remember working with Gene on the spent fuel floor. It was a respirator job. I hadn't been scheduled for training so my qualifications had elapsed. Gene reminded me that it was necessary to have this qual if I wanted to work at the Nuclear Plant. I made sure I got the training promptly and until the day health reasons prevented my respirator use I made sure that qual was current. Gene really helped establish the work ethic in the shop.
He was my friend and I will miss him.

Frances T.

September 2, 2013

Dear Gene,

As I sit here attempting to etch your memory with indelible significance, so not to let your life's footprint fade unacknowledged, the feat to hail loudly enough for time to resonate your earthly impact is as impossible as constraining an echo to a pillbox. Whether daily or less frequently seen, all who have grown accustomed to your face truly miss your warmhearted company! …Dare I say, “electrifying”…

With deep endearment, you forever remain a precious gem to Claudia, me, and our family! Falling short of words, our speechless reaction to your unexpected loss aches to preserve your lifetime's one-of-a-kind mold. Irreplaceable. Instinctively, we resort to amorously varnishing every memory, vague and vivid, with repeated coats while inevitably brushing our gaze upward toward the blinding haze of heaven's floor – wishing Into the other side unseen, “Our Father, is he in heaven?” Hark, your miracle candle's aflame! Exhaling a nano-breath more each day, conversations/prayers become one in the same, transmitting both ways through eternity's pane…

As my words attempt to inscribe your memory's guest page, this side of cyberspace, I leap knowing you're encircled by heaven's breathtaking embrace, celebrating the ultimate acknowledgement – your name's inscription in the "BOOK OF LIFE!!!" Ever thankful for your time with us, may the unfathomable thrill of being wholly complete flood your spirit as your talents, borne and groomed on earth, realize their ultimate destiny in Creation's marvelous circuitry!

Grounded here, how much your cherished persona and familiar presence are missed… your welcoming bear hugs, affectionate smile, refreshing candor, unpretentious aura, sense of humor, calming voice, loyal servitude, southern manners, insightful conversations, perceptive calculations, horse-sensibility, and plain old lovable “Gene Fletcher” self!

Until we laugh together again, pray for us and the many “new normals” yet to undertake en route to your gates. Beyond the veil, we look forward to the day when we meet again face to face…

Thank you for the priceless gift you continue to be…



Larry Ganstine

August 2, 2013

Gene was a personal friend of mine for 40 years.
He will be missed by me.

Carol Koment

July 24, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Karen Ogburn

July 22, 2013

I am saddened at the news of Gene's passing and would like to attend his celebration of life. Gene was a friend, and in earlier years I was a tenant of Gene's with 2 small children working hard to make ends meet. I always paid my rent, but at times didn't have it right when the rent was due. Since we both got paid on the same dates, he knew I was good for it, and never made me feel bad if I was late. Folks like Gene that do something for you in life are always remembered with a sense of gratitude. Thank you Gene-O, for being my friend. I will always have fond memories of you.

George Hildebrandt

July 22, 2013

Gene will be missed by all that knew him. I enjoyed meeting him once a month at the Florida Power Retiree breakfasts. I enjoyed working with Gene at the Crystal River power plant and always respected his inputs to our design activities. Gene will be missed!

Mike Llewellyn

July 20, 2013

Gene you will be missed. You helped me in so many ways and I only wish that I was able to tell you. Thank You.

Mike Llewellyn

July 19, 2013

You were a great friend and co-worker. The times we had together were great and I will always remember the talks at your place. A better friend could not be asked for. I will see you on the other side and we can once again enjoy each other. May those who knew your remember your kindness and sense of humor until they see you again. God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Ron Hudnet

Sandy DePirro

July 19, 2013

Gene was a simple kind soul. He always shared a laugh and never treated anyone badly. I worked withhim for many years at FPC before he retired. He will be missed.

July 18, 2013

Number 1, Gene you will be missed. Thanks for being a friend for me and Carol. Scott Brunk and Carol BRown