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Published: Friday, 4/2/2004

Insurance agent was WW II naval aviator

Robert Paul Fetters, a naval aviator during World War II and the Korean War who operated his own insurance company in Toledo for many years, died Monday in Charleston, S.C. while staying with family. He was 85.

Mr. Fetters, who lived in Sylvania Township for the last nine years, died from complications of congestive heart failure, his daughter, Wendy Gorman, said.

"His first love was his family," Mrs. Gorman said. "He was an only child, so he has always been very involved in the lives of his kids."

Mr. Fetters was born in Huntington, Ind., and raised in Deshler, Ohio, where he attended high school. He attended Bowling Green State University briefly after high school.

"He enlisted in the Navy and completed his pilot training in 1944," Mrs. Gorman said.

During Word War II, Mr. Fetters flew reconnaissance missions, his daughter said.

After the war, Mr. Fetters lived with his family for several years in Pensacola, Fla., where he trained Navy pilots, she said.

He remained in the Naval Reserve and was activated during the Korean War, in which he also was a pilot, his daughter said.

About 1954, he moved to Toledo and took a job with Brooks Insurance downtown. "He stayed with Brooks for a short time until he started his own company," Mrs. Gorman said.

Mr. Fetters owned the Robert Fetters Insurance Agency for 35 years until retiring in the 1980s.

Mr. Fetters was president of the Toledo Memorial Soldiers Association for 10 years.

His wife Patricia Fetters died in 1991.

Surviving are his daughters, Nan Fetters, Wendy Gorman, and Deborah Crannell; son, Robert Fetters; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. May 2 at First United Methodist Church in Sylvania. The J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Chapel in Charleston handled the arrangements.

The family suggests tributes to the Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post's scholarship fund.

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