Richard A. Fleming

January 18, 1946 ‒ April 12, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

 

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.

To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Nancy, I will always remember Dick’s sense of humor. My Dad worked with Dick and always spoke highly of him. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and deepest sympathies goes to you and your family.
    Ed and Sue Carr-Bump

  • Dear Nancy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathies to you all.

  • We have always appreciated the example of stability in your marriage and family through thick and thin. Your family was one of the first that we came to know when we moved into this area and into “your” house 29 years ago. When Dick smiled, he smiled with his whole face with such a warm graciousness in his eyes. He was a leader of our kids’ 4-H group; and my 3 children have always looked up to you both. His walk in this world was one others wanted to follow. Now he rests from his illness and worldly woes; and we believe we’ll join him in good time. Be comforted in your grief; our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~~~Ralph and Molly, Amanda, Paul, and Lucas Aisel~~~

  • My first vivid memory of Dick was at 4-H Camp Ohio. I was 10 and Dick was my cabin counselor, he was about 14. This was my first time really away from home and I was in for a wild time (remember, I was 10). What a blast, we laughed ourselves to sleep every night. He was always so much fun, but you know he really looked out for us too.

    Dick was just such a friendly, caring man and will surely be missed by all that knew him. We would like to express our condolences to you Nancy and the whole Fleming family. Don and Ellen Breece, Fredericktown, Ohio.

  • My deepest felt sympathy Nancy. I pray for your strength and comfort during this sad time. God Bless you.

  • Dear Nancy,
    I am so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. He was such a wonderful and fun person. Always enjoyed playing cards with you both and all the fun we had in card club and on card club trips we all took together during the summer. Such wonderful and fond memories I have of both of you. Please know that you and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Janice Huffman (formerly Black)

  • Nancy, Barry & Brett,
    We were shocked to hear of Dick’s passing. He always had a smile on his face when we ran into him and would always stop and say hi when passing by. It has been a pleasure to live next door to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow. Dick will be missed by so many, but I’m sure that there is no pain where he is now. Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with.
    Cheryl & Joe.

  • I want to offer my condolences to Nancy and their children. Many memories of time shared with Dick while in high school and activities at the county fair. Many memories with his brothers. And having the privilege to attend their wedding. Dick will be missed and never replaced. He died way to young.

    Douglas Miller, BV class of 65.

  • Nancy and the Fleming Families, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dick always let my sons hunt on his land. I’ve known the family for years, his parents and brothers.

    Sincerely,

    Donna

  • I am saddened to to hear of Dick’s passing. Although I only got to meet him a few times he made a great impression on me and I will never forget the love he had for his family and their friends. He treated us all like we were his own family by relation. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

  • Nancy and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We always remember Dick with a big smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dear Fleming family,
    I am sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I am sorry for your loss. I got to know the Fleming family as a child in 4-H. May he rest in peace.

  • Please know that all of you are in out thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We remember Dick’s smile, laugh and being friendly. We know that he made a difference in this world and will be greatly missed.

  • Nancy and family. We are so sorry to hear of Dick passing. He is in Gods arms now.

  • I am sorry for your loss. I didn’t personally know him but Dr. Brett did my neck surgery last year. I knew Mary and Robert (and the Thurston family) from growing up at Delaware Bible Church and also BV. My prayers are with your family.

  • With my deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Nancy,Barry and Brett along with grandkids,I am so very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing,he will always be with us in our hearts and daily actions,guiding all of us with the other rest of the angels. He truly was a remarkable man in the community,especially in 4-H,he loved that dearly. I grew up with the boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade and loved Nancy being our recess aide at Brown Elementary,she made it fun,and Richard in 4-H showing off his cows when we all had to practice for the fair. He will be missed tremendously,but know that he’s always with us,just in a different way now. May he rest in peace. Bridget,Trent and family.

  • Dick, a. Good cousin, a better friend, may you. Always
    Know peace and. Joy. Nancy, I always thought of
    You as angel, but now. I am sure of it.
    Chuck and Eileen Kelly

  • May God grant your family amazing peace knowing that your love one is resting in Jesus sweet arms. My prayers and condolence are with your family.