Houghton ---Rolland L. Fletcher, formerly of Houghton, went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, October 28, 2019 at his residence in Waukesha, WI. He was born on July 6, 1927 in Emily, Minnesota, the son of the late Rev. Lester and Ruth Nee Macy Fletcher. On July 27, 1949 in Billings, Montana he married Alice Betz who survives.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in theology from Miltonvale Wesleyan College in 1949. While singing in the college quartet, he met his wife during a visit to her home church. Rolland was a pastor for 20 years with the Wesleyan Church throughout the upper Midwest. Afterward, he was led to work for Houghton College in New York until his retirement in 1990.
He will be remembered for his pastoral ministry by many parishioners from Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Colorado, and work colleagues and friends from not only Houghton College, but also Miltonvale Wesleyan College (Miltonvale, KS), Bartlesville Wesleyan College (Bartlesville, OK), and Kingsley College (Melbourne, Australia). He was a hard-working and humble man whose desire was to glorify God with each effort, no matter how large or small. His children rise up and call him Blessed for the godly heritage he left them, of Biblical study, spiritual guidance, prayer warfare, unconditional love and faithful example.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend of 70 years and their loving children, Diana (Terrence) Stoneberg of Fairfax, VA. Laurel (Jean-Marc) Pinard of Fairfax, VA, Rodney (Joy) Fletcher of Nashville, TN, Wenda (Gerry) Krupp of Mukwonago, WI, eight grandchildren, Richard Stoneberg of Fairfax, VA; Rolland (Marie) Stoneberg of Manassas, VA; Francois (Lisa) Pinard of Redondo Beach, CA; Andre (Gretchen) Pinard of Lisle, IL; Jaclyn Fletcher of Nashville, TN; Geoffrey Krupp of Milwaukee, WI; and Alexander and Allison Krupp of Marion, IN, eight great-grandchildren, Juliana Johnson; Anais, Giselle, Guillaume, and Gavrie Pinard; and Faye, Celeste, and Vincent Pinard, his sisters and brother, Lola Hermann of Marshfield, MO; Albert (Lucille) Fletcher of Fort Wayne, IN; Carol Baas, Esther Vermillion, both of Marion, IN; and Rebecca Engel of Indianapolis, IN, a sister-in-law, Doris Harris of Rockford, IL, a brother-in-law, Burl Baty of Joliet, MT, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Baty.
Family and friends may gather on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a memorial service will follow at 11:00 am. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.
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