Dr. Joseph Lancaster Fleming
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GRAND JUNCTION, CO: Dr. Joseph Lancaster Fleming died on February 2, 2014 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Fleming was a resident of Newark, Ohio since 1987. He worked at Denison University as the Director of Computer Service for nearly 18 years. Before moving to Ohio, Fleming directed the computer centers at Western New Mexico University in Silver City and at Olivet College in Michigan. Fleming also taught Physics and Astronomy at Olivet College.
Fleming was born to parents Joseph Edgar Fleming and Minota Etta Lancaster Fleming on July 9, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Dearborn, Michigan graduating from Dearborn High School. Fleming joined the Navy and, after three years in the service, attended Albion College where he studied physics and astronomy, was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and met his wife of 47 years, the late Mary Householder Fleming. Fleming went on to receive his Master's and PhD degrees in Education at the University of Michigan.
In addition to his family and profession, Fleming was enamored by trains nearly his entire life, beginning with watching steam engines outside the window of the Henry Ford school at Greenfield Village. Fleming was equally fond of the Tuba, playing in high school, summers at Interlochen music camp, in the Navy, and in a wide variety of bands and orchestras throughout his life. Fleming was heavily influenced by the Householder family and took up the sport of tennis, which he played with his wife until their last year together. From his father Fleming learned to sail and enjoyed Michigan summers on the water at Wampler's Lake, Elk Lake and Lake Michigan. Fleming was ever-ready for a quick joke and a clever pun.
Fleming is preceded in passing by his wife, Mary in March.
He is survived by his son, James and partner Rachel of Maryland, son David daughter-in-law Frances and granddaughter Sarah of Colorado; and brother, James and sister-in-law Margaret of Michigan.
Services will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Church of Granville, 115 W. Broadway, Granville.
Published in the The Advocate on Feb. 9, 2014