Russ Fechter Red Wing N/A N/A N/A Red Wing Red Wing 2003
 
 
   
 

Russ Fechter

 

Russ died December 24, 2013

 

Russ Fechter

 

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Russ Fechter
Red Wing
Past President MN Amateur HOF 1988-2008- and a HOF board member from 1984-

 

Russ was elected as President of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame 1988-2002, a field supervisor for the Red Wing Athletic Field, a developer of the baseball complex in Red Wing. Russ served at the first President of the Hall of Fame and for fourteen years provided the leadership that guided the development of the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame Museum. As head groundskeeper for sixteen years, he supervised the Red Wing Athletic Field and was given the High School Coaches Grounds Keeper of the year award in 2000. Russ was the co-chair of the 1985 and 1991 State Amateur Baseball Tournaments in Red Wing. Also, he helped to raise funds to develop the baseball complex in Red Wing, and has served on the board of the Red Wing Baseball Association. Russ was very active in the community as a member of the YMCA board of directors, Minnesota Better Business Bureau board of directors, and the Red Wing Ice Arena board of directors.

Obituary for Russell Fredrick Fechter

Russell Fredrick Fechter, 92, of Red Wing, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. He was born May 29, 1921, in Mankato, to Fredrick and Irene (Kendall) Fechter and graduated from Mankato High in 1941. During his senior year, he set a record in high school athletics that has never been matched--he was All-State in football and basketball and won the quarter mile at the state track meet. He continued his education and athletics at the University of South Dakota, where he was first string in football and basketball and was on the track team. Mid-way through his sophomore year, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and was first pilot on a B-17. He flew 15 missions over Germany and during his 15th mission was shot down and became a German P.O.W until the war ended in 1946. While a pilot, he received the Air Medal twice and the Distinguished Flying Corps, the highest medal in the Air Corps. On August 15, 1945, he was united in marriage to JoAnn Lowe, and after Russell graduated from college with a degree in teaching, they moved to Red Wing where he became the head high school football coach. During his 8 years as the head coach, they won the Big “9” championship twice. He left his coaching job and went to work for Red Wing Shoe Company where he retired as vice president of distribution in 1985. JoAnn died in 2001. On April 20, 2012, he was united in marriage to his second wife, Roxanne Dunn.

He was a past member of the Red Wing Lions Club, chairman of the Goodhue County Centennial, president of the board of directors of the YMCA, president of Red Wing Associates, served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Better Business Bureau for 10 years and he also served on the board of directors for the development of Bergwall Arena.

Russ became active in amateur baseball when he was a co-chair for the fundraising of the building of the Red Wing Athletic Field. He also served as the co-chairman of the 1985 and 1991 MN State Amateur Baseball Tournaments. He was very active in the care and development of the Red Wing Athletic Field and received the “Grounds Keeper Field” award from the MN State High School League in 2000, as well as the Loren “Mike” Downes award from the MN Baseball Association in 2001. He was president of the MN Baseball Hall of Fame for 14 years and was inducted into it in 2003.

Russ is survived by his wife, Roxanne of Red Wing; a son, Victor (Christine) Fechter of Sacramento, Calif.; 2 granddaughters, Lindsey (Quentin) Fechter- Godbouldt and Kayla Fechter, both of Sacramento; great-granddaughter, Jaela Godbouldt and one brother, Ken (Delores) Fechter of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, JoAnn; son, Thomas Fechter; grandson, Judson Fechter; 2 sisters Shirley and Marguerite and a brother, Charles.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church. Burial with military honors by the Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54 will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel and for one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic Health Systems Red Wing Hospice.


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