Richard L Fetterolf Sr., 71, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 23, 1944, in Stockton to Joe M. and Carolyn (Lesperance) Fetterolf. He grew up and attended schools in Albuquerque, N.M., Stockton and Webster.

He married Janice M. Jacobs on Jan, 5, 1963. During his naval career, he attended school at the Great Lakes Naval Station and served as a First Class Gunners Mate. He served several tours in Vietnam and others, aboard many ships. In 1961, he joined the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1981.

He enjoyed playing bingo, gambling, working crossword puzzles, woodworking in his shop and fishing.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 in Hays.

Survivors include his wife, of their home in Hays; a son, Richard Fetterolf Jr., La Crosse; two brothers, Lawrence Fetterolf, Bellflower, Calif. and Bryce Fetterolf, Tecumseh, Neb.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents; his parents; three brothers, Joe Fetterolf Jr., Gary Fetterolf and George Fetterolf; and two sisters, Cary Jo Fetterolf and Barbara Jo Fetterolf.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Stockton; burial in Stockton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or Richard Fetterolf Family, in care of the funeral home.

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