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Frederick O. Fleener

September 1, 1923 - June 9, 2017

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Went to his eternal rest on June 9th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at Woodbury, Minnesota. Fred was born on Sept. 1, 1923 to Glenn E. and Clara O. (Horsager) Fleener on a farm a mile south of Berlin, ND at home. He was the only son and second child. Eventually the family would be complete with three girls and one boy. He began school at Wano School #1. In order to pursue better opportunity, the young family moved to Minnesota where Fred graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1942. He enlisted in the...

Went to his eternal rest on June 9th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at Woodbury, Minnesota. Fred was born on Sept. 1, 1923 to Glenn E. and Clara O. (Horsager) Fleener on a farm a mile south of Berlin, ND at home. He was the only son and second child. Eventually the family would be complete with three girls and one boy. He began school at Wano School #1. In order to pursue better opportunity, the young family moved to Minnesota where Fred graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy in June 1942 where he served in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Montpelier for the duration of WW II. He participated in 26 battles including the Solomon Island campaign, the Mariana "Turkey Shoot" Island campaign, the Philippine Island campaign and was in Okinawa preparing for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. He was awarded one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars for his service. He was mustered out in Seattle, WA., in 1946. He then worked at a variety of jobs in Portland, OR before taking advantage of the GI Bill and enrolling in the ND Agriculture College (NDSU) in Fargo, ND in 1947. He graduated in 1951 and went to work in Belfield, ND where he taught Veterans on-the-Farm training program. He met Judith Brett in Belfield and they were married in Minot, ND on Dec. 27, 1951. To this union, six children were born. They moved to Amidon , ND in 1957 where Fred served as county extension agent for Slope County. Then in 1962, they moved to Dickinson where Fred took a position with the First National Bank. He served on the Board of Directors for nine years. He retired from banking in 1984. He bought a ranch in Minnesota and was involved in the livestock industry for the next twenty years. He also had a career in real estate appraisal during this time. He was very community minded and served on the Board of Trustees for St Luke's Retirement Home. He was as member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Masonic Lodge, Elks, and International Order of the Odd Fellows. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and served as a finance officer for many years. He was an avid camper, hunter and fisherman. He also spent many hours gardening at their cabin in northern Minnesota. He and Judith traveled to Asia and Europe several times visiting their daughter, Julie, as her husband, Colonel (retired) Max Kirschbaum, USAF, was transferred to various posts. Fred was a loyal member of the Greene Drug Coffee Club, where he met with his cronies to discuss world events and other pressing topics every morning. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Clara Fleener, his three sisters, Maisie Carlisle, Marion Lench and her husband, Ed, and Ruth Gordon and her husband, Bryce. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judith, and his six children: Rebecca Donovan, Mandan, ND (Rory & Sean); Glenn (Tacy) Fleener, Fort Myers, FL (Adam and Latysha Pankratz (Hannah, Thayne), Maya and Ryan Deknikker (Adam, Meila), Blaine (Heather), and Brandon); Carmen Haugen, Minneaplis, MN (Annie and Chris Neeley (Aaron and Aster), Erik and Sarah); Brad (Elisa) Fleener, Eagle River, AK (Ilia); Juliene (Max) Kirschbaum, Westminster, CO (Katie, Sam, and Elise); and Marianne (Moneer) Rana, Woodbury, MN (Rachel and Marcus). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, loving relatives, and friends. He was also a doting "Grandpa" to his dog, Max. He was very proud of the successes of his six children and felt that to be his greatest accomplishment. Funeral services and burial will be 11 AM Friday June 16, 2017, at Wulff Funeral Home Woodbury, MN with visitation beginning at 10 AM. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. A local memorial service is being planned for August 3, 2017 at the Ladbury Funeral Home in Dickinson, ND. Online condolences can be left at www.wulffwoodburyfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Dickinson United Methodist Church 75 3rd Street West, Dickinson, ND 58601.