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James Lowell Fleming

James Lowell Fleming Obituary
Fleming, James Lowell
James Lowell Fleming, C.L.U., ChFC, passed into the loving arms of His Heavenly Father on September 2, 2011 in Rochester, MN. He was born in Freeland Park, IN to Mary Vina Fleming and John Delmar Fleming on May 24, 1938. He met and married the love of his life Sandra J (DeHanas) Fleming while they were both students at the University of Tulsa. They recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on January 22. He is survived by their three children who were the light of his life, Dawn Renee (Mrs. Michael Fouts) from Scottsdale, Dana Michelle Fleming from Scottsdale, and Chad Jeremy Fleming, M.D. (Kimberly Fleming) from Rochester, MN. He has eight grandchildren: Jimmy, Tori, Brie, Annie, Maddox, Delaney, Sawyer and Beckett. He is survived by his brother John Fleming (Colleen) of Fowler, IN and his four nephews David, Dennis, Mike and Tom. Also, he is survived by his brother-in-law Steve DeHanas (Sinikka) of Fairfax, VA, and two nephews Daniel (Sara), and Christopher. He is preceded in death by his parents John Delmar Fleming and Mary Vina Fleming. Jim began his long and illustrious career in the life insurance business upon graduation in Tulsa, as a special agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life of Milwaukee. After a brief time in Milwaukee as a college recruiter, he was appointed district agent in Tucson, AZ where he served four years. He then moved with NML to Wichita, KS where he was appointed general agent and worked ten years. In 1979, he moved to Phoenix and was co-general agent for Northwestern Mutual Life of Phoenix. In 1985, he was appointed General Manager for The Principal Financial Group until his retirement from management. He continued his career servicing his clients until his sudden and unexpected departure. Jim's passion was his family; he enjoyed attending and supporting all of his children and grandchildren in their educational and athletic endeavors. He was always their greatest cheerleader. He loved playing spades with his children and their spouses and loved playing board games with his grandchildren. Recently, he was learning the sport of ice hockey while watching his youngest grandchildren compete. Jim was an avid sports enthusiast; he loved to play golf and gin rummy at Phoenix Country Club. He was a devout Christian man who served in numerous positions at Valley Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and committed member for over thirty years. He recently joined Mountain View Presbyterian Church, a seed church of Valley Presbyterian Church. Jim recognized the importance of service to his community at an early age where he served as City Chairman of the March of Dimes in Tulsa. He became a member of Rotary International in KS and served 10 years. Jim continued helping others in Phoenix as a member of the Phoenix Rotary 100, where he served in that capacity for over 30 years. Jim will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 10am at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8050 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8050 E. Mountain View Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, Water from Rock Ministries, Inc, 8171 East Del Joya Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258, or Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 6, 2011
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