August 26, 1927 - May 4, 2013
Kermit M. Fetters, 85, of Marysville, Ohio and Lake Wales, FL passed into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 4, 2013. He was surrounded at home in Marysville by his family. Kermit, son of Bruce Charles and Loshie Fetters was born in Bellburn, West Virginia on August 26, 1927. He leaves behind his devoted wife Jan (Janet Gossard) Fetters, his best friend and companion of 55 years; his children, Vicki (Steve) Skinner of Orlando, Florida, Michael Derwin (Sayoko Moroi, M.D. ) Fetters, M.D. of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Susan (Chip) Campbell of Marysville, Ohio. He leaves behind grandchildren, Joshua and Chelsea Whitlatch of Orlando, FL; Kori, Tomoyuki, Kazuhisa and Takashi Fetters of Ann Arbor, MI; and Jennifer, Steven, Jarred and Elisabeth Campbell of Marysville, OH. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Marguerite (Ray) Beeler, Robert (Ellen) Fetters, Kenneth (Shirley) Fetters. Surviving siblings include Bonita (Al) Bennett, Carl (Clara Anne) Fetters and Shirley (Harold) Dick. Kermit grew up on a farm in Blanchester, Ohio during the Great Depression. He graduated as salutatorian of his Fayetteville High School class. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Army in 1946. His tour of duty was in the Phillipines. He attended American University in Washington, D.C. and worked several years at the U.S. Pentagon. He went to Plaza Del Rey, California, where he worked in Los Angeles as a U.S. Marshal. Upon returning to Ohio, he met his wife, Jan, and settled in Columbus, Ohio. He worked at Columbia Gas and later as an auditor for the State of Ohio. Kermit and Jan hosted the foreign exchange student, Jean-Philippe Écoffey of Paris, France, and were active in 4-H. They traveled to Europe, Greece, Mexico and Canada. They slept in a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. They traveled to Hong Kong and China where they climbed The Great Wall. Kermit loved watching his grandchildren grow up and enjoyed gardening and his dogs. He unwaveringly assisted Jan in exhibiting her artwork at shows throughout Florida. He was known as a kind, gentle man, one of great faith and respected by all who met him. He will be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews, family, friends and members of his church, Living Hope. Funeral services will be held 12 noon Friday at Living Hope Church, Marysville, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Jeremy Westbrook will officiate. Interment and military honors will be held following the service at 3 p.m. at Grove Cemetery in Kenton, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Hope Church building fund. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwood16.wpengine.com.
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