From a contemporary press report:
Arthur W. Fletcher, 86, an industrial engineer who retired in 1974 from the Navy Department, died of congestive heart failure December 4, 1999, at his home in Springfield, Virginia. He had lived in the Washington area for 38 years.
Mr. Fletcher was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland.
He served in the Navy Seabees in France and in the Pacific during World War II. He remained in the Navy until 1958 and was posted to Japan.
He later retired from the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant commander and after 16 years as a civilian engineer.
Mr. Fletcher was a volunteer in the mineral sciences department of the Museum of Natural History and a member of the Northern Virginia Mineral Society.
His marriage to Carolyn Fletcher ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Lilyan Fletcher of Springfield; a daughter from his first marriage, Lynn Sayers of Dameron; and three grandchildren.
FLETCHER, ARTHUR W., LCDR, USN (Ret.)
On Saturday, December 4, 1999, loving husband of Lilyan Fletcher; father of Lynn Sayers; grandfather of Timothy and James Stream, and Sean Sayers. Family will receive friends at DEMAINE SPRINGFIELD – ANNANDALE CHAPEL, Backlick and Edsall Rds., Springfield, VA, on Thursday, December 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., where services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment, Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 15, at 3 p.m., with full military honors. In lieu contributions may be made to Mended Hearts, Inc.
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