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Richard W. Fleck

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RICHARD W. FLECK, 80, OF COLLEGEVILLE Richard W. Fleck, 80, of Collegeville, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the Halifax Hospital. Born in Phoenixville May 17th 1932, he was the son of William Franklin Fleck and Rose Roberta (Erb) Fleck. He was preceded in death by his daughter Virginia L Fleck. Survivors include a brother, Robert Fleck and his wife, Helen of Monroeton, PA; a son, Kenneth W. Fleck and his wife Terry L. of Pottstown, PA; a daughter Roberta L., wife of Thomas Frizzell, Phoenixville, PA; two grandsons, Ryan A. Fleck of Pottstown and Kyle W. Fleck and wife Dana Fleck; great-grandson Kayden W. Fleck of Pottstown; June L. Coburn (Companion) of Collegeville, PA; Florence V. Fleck (birth mother of his children), Sanatoga, PA. He served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged. He was employed at Bethlehem Steel Co., and also worked in sales as an automotive parts salesman at Sosmetal Co. He helped build and design the Pocono International Speedway. He was a stock car racer at local tracks in the40's, 50's and early 60's. The local racetracks included Hatfield, Sanatoga and Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, PA, and many more. He also won three track championships, all coming in 1957.His racing career came to an end in 1961 when he took a wide end/over/end flip at Hatfield. He was an active member of the Living Legends Racing in Daytona, FL, and also wrote press releases for Daytona International Speedway. Recently a book was written by Godwin Kelly called "What The Fleck" with proceeds going to Victory Junction Camp in his name. Richard also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball over the years. And was proud of his new great-grandson , Kayden. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service at the Philadelphia Memorial Park, Inc., 124 Phoenixville Pike, Frazer, PA, on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Victory Junction Camp 4500 Adam's Way Randleman North Carolina 27317 or www. victoryjunction.org

Published in The Mercury on Oct. 9, 2012
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