Daniel R. Fleming, 89

June 23, 2011
  • Fleming

SEPT. 24, 1921-JUNE 22, 2011

Daniel Roby Fleming, 89, of Hancock, Md., died Wednesday, June 22, at his home.

He was born Sept. 24, 1921, in Barrett, Md., to the late William Thomas and Nellie (Wolbert) Fleming.

Mr. Fleming graduated from Sykesville High School in 1938. He moved to Hancock in 1942, working as a commissioned agent for Sinclair Oil Co. and founded the Fleming Oil Co. He became the first Phillips 66 distributor in Maryland in 1959, retiring in 1986.

He served in the U.S. Army in Luxembourg and Germany, where he earned his silver and bronze stars in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

He was a charter member of the Hancock Rotary Club in 1943, serving on the board of directors and four terms as president. In 1976-1977 he served as district governor of Rotary District 735. He helped organize 10 new area Rotary clubs in the following 10 years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He lived his life by the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."

In 1957, he was elected to the Hancock Town Council, and in 1959, he was elected mayor of Hancock, serving six terms until 1971.

In 1959, he was the founding president of the Hancock Development Corp., which was successful in bringing London Fog, Fleetwood Industries and Rayloc Corp. to town. These businesses provided over 1,000 jobs to the Hancock community. In 1983, the corporation prevented the demolition of the former Hancock Elementary School, which now serves as the Hancock Community Center.

Mr. Fleming was instrumental in convincing the Town of Hancock to move the flood-stricken War Memorial Library to higher ground in the town park in 1996.

Along with friend and fellow veteran, Bob McCusker, he helped to raise funds for construction of the Hancock Veterans Memorial Monument that was completed in 2000. This monument honors all Hancock area veterans who served from World War I through the Gulf War.

Mr. Fleming was honored in 2007 by the Community Foundation of Washington County, Md., Inc. with the People's Choice Award for outstanding community service.

He was inspired by the words of his favorite verse: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not deter or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Author unknown.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Beatrice J. (Jackson) Fleming, and brothers, Dorsey B. and Gilbert L. Fleming.

He is survived by two sons, Daniel R. Fleming II and wife, Maxine, of Clear Spring, and W. Lee Fleming and wife, Joyce, of Hancock; five grandchildren, W.T. Fleming, Daniel Fleming III, Erin Fleming, Laura Creek and Amanda Fleming; and seven great-grandchildren, Kyra, Billy and Abby Creek, Anna Grace and Eli Fleming, and Andy and Natalie Fleming.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Hancock United Methodist Church. The Revs. Carol Davis and Duane Jensen will officiate.

Burial with military honors by the Tri-State Honor Guard will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, Md.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 26, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Hancock United Methodist Church, 168 W. Main St., Hancock, and one hour prior to services on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or any local charity.

Arrangements are being handled by the Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

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