Fleming, Fred Charles
Fred Charles Fleming, 82, of Hortonville, Wis., passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, after a long illness. Born May 7, 1930, in Rockford, Ill., son of Albert and Isabella (McCulloch) Fleming. He attended Harlem High School where he excelled in sports. His picture is on the 'Wall of Fame' at the high school. He received a scholarship in basketball to Beloit College. Fred was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Armament Division during the Korean War. When he returned to the states, he married Shirley Holder on June 21, 1951. They were married for 62 years and had three children. Among many other organizations, he was a member of the Loves Park Masonic Lodge as a Shriner. They lived in Loves Park, Ill., and he worked at The Woodward Governor Company for 30 years as supervisor of grounds. He and Shirley moved to Hortonville in 1990. While attending the EAA in Oshkosh, Wis., Fred met Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut. They had a long conversation and exchanged addresses and phone numbers, and since then they have communicated on a regular basis. He was very proud of their friendship. Fred also very much enjoyed photography and took many beautiful and memorable pictures throughout his life.
Survivors include wife, Shirley; son, Steven (Chris) Fleming of Hortonville; daughter, Kathy (Dan) Hallstrom of Rockford; grandchildren, Jaime (Josh) Bohrtz of Wrightstown, Wis., Natalie (Ryan) Nickolas of Milwaukee, Wis., Nathan (special friend, Nicole Kresel) Fleming of Hood River, Ore., and Nolan Fleming of Hortonville; great-grandchildren, Colten, Clara and another to soon arrive; brother, Joe Fleming of Machesney Park, Ill.; sister-in-law, Barbara (Gary) Keister of Machesney Park; and several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by parents; son, Michael Fleming; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Fred was a true gentleman and will be missed greatly by all who were fortunate to know him.
Private family services will be held in Illinois. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., Loves Park. For more information, visit delehantyfh.com.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 29, 2012