Louis Dean Fitch
Louis Dean Fitch, beloved husband, son, brother, and uncle passed away after battling cancer at the age of 68, on May 5th, 2023. Louie was born on June 16th, 1954, to Charles Laverne and Marie Maxine (Lewis) in Spokane , Washington.
After graduating from high school in Neosho, Missouri with the class of 1972, he joined the United States Marine Corps for a four-year tour of duty from September 23rd, 1973, until September 23rd, 1977. He was assigned to Bravo Company, 9th Motor Transport- First Support Group, their duties took them to Australia, The Philippines, Okinawa, Japan and The Guadalcanal. He took great pride in being a Marine and having served his country.
His time in the Marines also served a dual purpose. He not only toured the world but was introduced to future wife, Sandie, the sister of fellow Marine Virgil Brewington, she became the love of his life. Upon his honorable discharge, they courted, and the pair were married April 14th, 1978, in Miami Oklahoma at "The Lavern Harris Marriage Parlor".
The couple made their nest in their first “New Home" in Goodman Missouri for several years.
He was employed by the Newton County Sheriff's Department for 20 plus years where he was a deputy and served in communications. He also served as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the City of Goodman for a time. Education was an important priority in his life, as he took classes at Crowder College in Neosho Missouri and Missouri Southern in Joplin Missouri to attain his degrees in Business and Computer Programming.
After a period, they chose to move to a larger town, Neosho Missouri, where he continued to work for Newton County in communications and later began a career at Sunbeam Outdoor Products, in Allocations and EDI Coordinator.
He later retired, but willingly gave his time and service as a volunteer at the Red Cross. As a "Mother Earth News" avid reader and truly an "Organic Gardener" at heart, he loved to repurpose gardening techniques. He was a keeper of the 'old ways' of gardening and held true to prepper ideals. He also enjoyed lots and lots of camping and float trips down the endless rivers and creeks in southern Missouri. An outstanding survivalist and camping cook, he could bring camp cooking to a whole new level!
In October of 2011 the couple decided to start a new chapter in life in K e e n e Oklahoma. He continued to concentrate more on his hobbies and passions like gardening, cooking, computers, politics, technology, THRIFTING, enjoying life and coffee with "The Guys". His endless ability to create mouthwatering food concoctions and "Ultimate" frugalness will be greatly missed. He was a "Trumper" to the end.
Louie is survived by his beloved wife Sandie of the home; his father Charlie Fitch (Goodman, MO.); his sisters Sharon Yarrington (Hot Springs, AR.); Carma Rogers; and Cindy Simpson (Goodman, MO). He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews who he loved and was very close to, and who cherished and loved him. He was preceded in death by his mother Marie Maxine (Lewis) Fitch and his sister Lois Fikes.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, at 10:00 am at The Peaceful Cemetery with his nephew Pastor Mark Busch officiating. A dinner will be held following the service for family members to share food and a lifetime of memories. Memorial donations can be made in Louie's name to Zion Baptist Church in Okeene, OK.