Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel

710 Willow Street, San Jose, CA


Frank Lawrence Fletcher

February 22, 1931August 5, 2019

Frank Lawrence Fletcher was born on February 22, 1931 in Louisville, Kentucky and passed away on August 5, 2019 in San Jose, California.


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David Woolhiser

August 16, 2019

I met Frank in in Tucson, AZ in 1955. I rented a converted garage and he rented a room in the adjoining house. He offended the landlady in some way and was kicked out. He asked me if I could convince her to let him stay, which resulted in me getting kicked out as well. So Frank and I rented a new two BR house in American Homes which had a swimming pool! I met my wife the following year and rented my own place. We have kept in touch all these years and exchanged visits several times. Our political views were quite different and he must have thought that his mission was to convert me. Anyway, we had many good discussions! All the best, my friend!

Bill Nakamura

August 12, 2019

I did not know Frank as long as most, I only met him while working at SJC in 2010. Frank was working the information booth with his comedic partner, John. I was surprised that this duo actually reached out to the busy travelers rushing by to coax a smile or chuckle.
From what I understood, Frank had attended a military prep school, joined the USAF and rose to the rank of Captain. He talked about being stationed in other countries. I was impressed that Frank seemed to relish learning the language and local customs rather than expect the locals to cater to him. Frank said he parted ways with the military because he tended to be too outspoken for his own good.
Frank went to college, majored in business and got into real estate once he returned to civilian life. He said he always corrected his clients when they asked for his help, “You are selling/buying a ‘house’ not a ‘home’” he would say. “A ‘home’ is where people live with their memories. You can never sell or buy that.”
After retiring from real estate, Frank took on a variety of jobs or volunteer positions to keep busy. He spoke many times of working at the YMCA or for the City of San Jose.
It is true that Frank loved his cats. He even said once that he wished he had been a veterinarian. I try to imagine Frank as a vet and all I see is Dr. Pol but without the accent.
Frank once said that the three most important things were Family, Friends and One’s health. Frank had numerous Friends that were Family. He also had his health as evidenced by his traveling and working well into his eighties.

Frank did life right. I hope to be so lucky.

Bill Nakamura and Family
San Jose, CA

John Gulow

August 10, 2019

While stationed at Kirtland AFB in 1955, I first met and became close friends with Frank. We shared many unique experiences while stationed there and remained in contact all our years thereafter. We met again when Frank was stationed at Eglin AFB during the late 60s during my project travel there. Over all these years we have visited with each other, exchanged St Patrick's Day cards and phone calls. Although we had differing opinions on some matters, we enjoyed discussing politics, sports and current events. Frank was a dear friend who will be sorely missed and remain forever in my mind. Rest well my dear friend...may God bless you...and thanks for the special friendship and our many memories.

Bobbie Rettinger

August 9, 2019

While stationed in Japan in 1965, my husband Hank and I became friends with Frank and Peg. The four of us would often attend Sumo wrestling matches in Tokyo and we continued our friendship through all these years. Frank's generosity was unmatched and while in Japan I admired one of the prints of a Siamese kitty cat he had in a grouping on the wall.
He immediately took it down and gave it to me and to this day I have it hanging on my bar wall. Last year Frank braved the heavy Texas traffic between Dallas and Austin to come for a visit. I enjoyed his time here very much. Frank will be dearly missed!!! Rest In Peace dear friend.

ramona snyder

August 9, 2019

Frank was one of my volunteers at the SJC Airport. He volunteered every Thursday morning until a year ago when he went on an extended medical leave. He was also a neighbor who lived around the corner from me. I will miss his sarcasm, his opinion articles in the San Jose Mercury News and our conversations about big band music, politics and life.

Sue Josse

August 8, 2019

Frank Fletcher was one of my father's, John Josses', closest friends, especially over the past 25 years. They both went to Pillsbury Military Academy for high school in Southern MN. John graduated from Pillsbury in 1947 and Frank graduated in 1949. They reconnected in the Bay Area at YMCA gym later in life and for a long period of time, shared a weekly meal together with their good friend (also from Pillsbury), Dick Cress. Frank was a loyal friend and a good man. Frank was an only child and had a long term marriage with a woman who died many years before he did. They had no children. Frank loved cats and always had several cats that he cared for lovingly. Frank was proud to be a US Veteran. He enjoyed having a good laugh, as well as having conversations about current events, especially politics. We will miss you Frank. Rest In Peace.
Sue Josse Leet
daughter of John William Josse (born 2/20/1930)