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Ronald Stephen Fleischer (8/20/36 - 11/15/13)

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Ronald Stephen Fleischer 8/20/36-11/15/13 Dad was born in Albert Lea, MN to Alfred & Julie Fleischer. Brother to Phillip Fleischer & his wife Noi of St. Ansgar, IA. Dad excelled in football, basketball & track at Wells HS, in MN. Dad enlisted in the U.S.M.C. after HS with some friends & served in Korea. Dad married Sandra of Staten Island, NY after meeting her while working at the Higby Club in the Adirondack Mountains of NY, with his friend Pat Vogel. Soon after he graduated from the University of Minnesota, he began a career with Mobil Oil that would span 35 years. After a few visits to his college buddy Pat Gleason's home in Huntington Beach, the warmth of the California sun brought him to Bakersfield in 1976. Ron & Sandra had 4 boys; Stephen, Bradley, Mark & Scott; a Teacher, a U.S.M.C. Captain, a Captain/Chef and an Episcopal Priest. While in Bakersfield, Charlie Hallum kept Dad's fleet of family vehicles running & he was just one of the local Mobil Station owners that Dad spent his work days with. Dad married his 2nd wife, Cindy; she had a son George & daughter Jill that he thought the world of. Dad & Cindy relocated to Hermosa Beach for 5 years. His favorite spot to meet his friends after work was the Mermaid located on The Strand. After retirement from Mobil he did some consulting for another MN friend, John Stuart (We thought it was the access to free hockey tickets, doughnuts & coffee that kept him working but, we know it that it was really because he got to spend more time with his buddy John.) Our Dad loved playing sports, especially basketball, golf & snow or water skiing. He attended Super Bowls, Olympic events, professional & college football, hockey, basketball, baseball games & training camps taking us with him when ever he could. If he couldn't be there in person he would watch his teams at home with family or with his extended family at the VIP or Cheers. After retirement from Mobil he owned The Buoy & Legends in Morro Bay. For 5 years, he had his own sports bars where he could cheer on his Vikings, Twins & Gophers. After Cindy's passing, Mark took timeout from his career to be Dad's personal chef, driver, travel agent, handyman and sports watching companion. Before you knew it Dad & Mark had another travelling partner in Sandra. They moved to Oceanside, CA for a brief time, and started crisscrossing the continent visiting grandchildren, relatives & attending Spring Training in Fort Meyers, FL for the MN Twins on a couple of occasions in their Winnebago. Dad loved sports, but he loved his grandchildren even more; A.J. ,Krystalyn, Maria, Jack, Isabella, Samuel, Brennen, Markus, Josh, Jake & Tom...Grandpa loved you so much and couldn't stop talking about your accomplishments. He also cared for his daughter & son-in-laws; Rhea, Marci, Victoria, Keith & Cindy very much. When he was home, Dad was always a topic of conversation as he would go on his daily walks with his dog Precious & cat Kitten through the neighborhood. Yes, he had that crazy cat trained to think it was a dog and off they would go on their daily rounds. If my dad knew you, you had a friend for life. Our Dad lived a good life, the way he wanted to live it, with no regrets; his earthly body just couldn't keep up. God bless you Dad until we see you again in Heaven. Services: Greenlawn SW, Bakersfield, CA 11/22/13 Chapel Service-2pm, Reception-4pm at The Greens Clubhouse
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Bakersfield, CA 93313
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 20, 2013
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