Leonard (Len) Francis Fletcher, 67, of Glen Ellyn, IL, peacefully passed away Thursday September 26th. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday October 2nd at Christ Church of Oakbrook, 501 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook IL 60523. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Ranger Memorial Foundation, www.rangermemorial.com, Holtz Street, Ft. Benning, GA 31905.
Len was born November 11th, 1951 in Baltimore, MD to Joseph and Marcella Fletcher. Len joined the United States Armyin 1969, serving his country for over 9 years.While there, Len graduated both Airborne and Ranger schools and served in the Vietnam War as a First Platoon Sergeant (E6). During his service, Len received a total of 15 medals, including three Bronze Stars (2 with “V” devices “Valor”), two Army Commendation Medals, and the Air Medal. Len also servedas an instructor in the Ranger Department in Ft. Benning, GA, for over a period of six years. He narrated before countless generals and heads of state, including President Gerald Ford (37th President).
On January 30th, 1971, Len married his high school sweetheart Beverly Myers Fletcher, also from Baltimore. They were married for over 48 years and had two sonsandfive grandchildren.
Len graduated from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, in 1978 and started his career with Schneider National in Neenah, Wisconsin. Len served in a variety of roles and in 1990, accepted a Vice President position with Central Transport, based out of High Point, NC. Central Transport was later acquired by Superior Carriers, of Oakbrook, IL. Len was promoted to President/CEO of Superior Carriers in 2008. Under his leadership, Superior enjoyed outstanding performance until his retirement in June of 2018.
Additionally, Len served as the Treasurer for the National Tank Truck Carriers Association, as the President of Elmhurst Manor Condominium Association, and the President of the Water’s Edge Townhome Association. Throughout his life he also served in leadership roles with the various United Methodist Churches, of which he was a member including: Aldersgate Methodist in Columbus, GA; Faith United Methodist in Neenah, WI; Christ United Methodist in Howell, NJ; and Wesley Memorial United Methodist in High Point, NC.
Len is survived by his devoted wife Beverly,two sons Eric and Matthew, two daughter’s-in-law Gidget and Angie, and two sisters Beverly Thomas and Barb Burke. Len’s five grandchildren are Cade (18), Landon (16), Rhett (14), Bryson (13), and Ansley Fletcher (12).
Len enjoyed playing golf, coin collecting, baseball, and beach trips with the family. He was a patriot and loved his country. Len’s defining characteristics included being a loyal and loving husband, with a tremendous sense of humor. He led with integrity and a strong moral compass. He was humble, compassionate, kind, and generous. Above all, he loved his family and his Lord. The world was a better place with him in it.