Okie Lee Fitch, age 74 of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
He was born on October 29, 1947 to the late Okie and Elsie (Collins) Fitch in Handshoe, Kentucky. On July 16, 1966 he married the love of his life, Phyllis (Gasser) Fitch, who survives.
Okie was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Eagles Aerie #372, UAW #211 in Defiance, and an associate member of VFW Post #587 in Paulding, Ohio. He worked at General Motors in Defiance for 28 years until his retirement in 1994. He enjoyed watching UK football and basketball. In his leisure time he loved going to his cabin in Kentucky and fishing with his grandkids. Okie was a dedicated husband and father who treasured his time spent with his family and grandchildren.
Okie will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Phyllis Fitch of Defiance, his son, Stephen (Kathy) Fitch of Oakwood, OH, and his daughters, Deanna Carnahan of Defiance and Paula (Brian Bailey) Amstutz of Avilla, IN. He also leaves three grandchildren, Justin (Darby) Carnahan, Katie Carnahan, and Linsie Amstutz, his step-grandchildren, Heather (Bob) Fields and Kendra Kauser, and his sisters, Millie Hughes of Lima, OH, Marie Cross of Defiance, OH and Sally Bailey of Lima, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather Edward Miller, and his brother, Doug Fitch.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service to celebrate his life will follow at 6:30 pm at the funeral home, with Celebrant Deb Miller officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Mercy Health St. Vincent "Home Away From Home". Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.