Richard A. Fleming
January 18, 1946 ‒ April 12, 2016
Richard A. Fleming (70) went to Jesus’ caring arms on April 12, 2016 after an extended illness. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family members in his favorite place, his home farm. Richard was born January 18, 1946 in Delaware, Ohio to James N. Fleming and Helen (Sheets) Fleming, who were preceded in death by his grandparents Wesley and Daisy (McClaren) Fleming and Luther and Georgia Sheets. Richard is survived by his wife, Nancy (Price) Fleming. They would have been married for 50 years on (August 7, 1966). He is also survived by his beloved sons, Barrett (Meredith) Fleming and Drs. James Brett (Qian) Fleming. His grandchildren are (Barrett’s), Caroline, Colin, and Wesley, and (Brett’s), Olivia, Abigail, and Julia. Richard has two brothers, Robert (Mary) and William Wesley Fleming and close family friend, Frank Kuesel. Richard had many nieces and nephews, (Robert’s) Marie (Chris) Bradeck, Melissa Fleming, Mike Fleming and Mark (Samantha) Fleming, and cousins Mike Sheets, Victoria Sheets, Gene Kelly, Chuck Kelly and Joyce Dudney Fleming. and A special thanks to two cousins who were so supportive and helpful in watching over Richard on his illness, Mary Carolyn Fleming Fisher, and Ruthanne Van Nostrand.
Richard was a paint-developer at PPG Industries, but the love of his life was farming and raising cattle. He worked the first half of his day in the plant ,then he farmed the second half. Although very busy, he found time to coach baseball and football and work as a 4-H leader with his sons. One of his greatest tributes was a book presented to him on his retirement from PPG titled, “Flemingisms.” This book contained hundreds of his humorous quotes from work for which he was fondly remembered. He retired from PPG in 2008 after 40 years.
In his vacation time Richard and Nancy spent many happy hours in Amish country, Nancy looking for antiques and Richard enjoying the auctions and animals. Richard was the greatest of Grandpa’s, and he loved taking the kids to see the baby calves, buying them ponies, and generally scaring them with his bear “growls.” He was very sick and still managed to “growl” from his bed just to watch them giggle and run into the next room. He will be sadly missed.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6-8 p.m., in the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 West William Street, Delaware, where funeral services will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., with Ohio Health Chaplain John Florian, officiating. Burial will be in the Green Mound Cemetery, Kilbourne.
The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware is honored to be serving the Fleming family.
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