Gayle Rhea Letterman, 74, Haysville

Gayle Letterman edited

Gayle Rhea Letterman, 74, of Haysville died Wednesday (September 11) at his home. He was born in Johnson City, Tennessee,  December 18, 1938, to  Ernest and Cleo (Leech) Letterman.  He married Sharon (Petry) Buechlein July 6, 1992.

Gayle retired from Jasper Wood Products where he was employed for over 40 years.He played in country music bands for over 50 years. The bands included “The Country Gentleman”  and “The Heartbreakers”.He was a member of the Jasper Moose Lodge, Huntingburg Eagles, Sons of the American Legion, and Jasper Outdoor Recreation.He enjoyed playing guitar, playing cards, fishing, watching movies, and telling stories.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Letterman, Haysville; three daughters, Darla Niehaus and husband William, Ferdinand; Lisa  Letterman and partner Scott Roberts, Haysville, and Melinda McCarty and partner John Autry, English; two sons, Dean Letterman and partner Kathy Klee, Jasper, and Bob Buechlein and wife Stacia, Santa Claus; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley Letterman and wife Wanda, Haysville, and Conley Letterman and wife Mary, Jasper; two sisters, Jean Meyer and Joan Brown, both of Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, with burial following at a later date. Pastor Darrel Land will officiate. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel.  The Jasper Moose will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at


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