Leon J. Fleck, 85, Jasper

Leon J. Fleck, 85, of Jasper, died Wednesday, October 2, on the Fleck family farm where he was born and raised. He was born January 19, 1934, to Albert Sr. and Emily (Hopf) Fleck. He married Elfrieda Schwinghammer July 18, 1959, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Leon served nine years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves at the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was a member of the American Legion Post 147. Leon worked at the Dubois County Bank for 43 years where he retired. He was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he was active in many organizations. He and his wife were recipients of the Simon Brute’ Award. He was a 4th degree member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

He served as regional staff assistant in Southwestern Indiana for U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, received the Sagamore of the Wabash award twice, and was Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and State Director for the IBA. He served as Dubois County Democratic Chairman, Dubois County Commissioner, on the Dubois County Council, and on the Dubois County Sheriff’s Merit Board. He was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Robert Orr in 1984 and served for four years. He was appointed to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commission and the Lottery Commission in 1998 by Governor Frank O’Bannon.

Leon was a founding member of ROJAC and was a past president of the Jasper Kiwanis, Jasper Jaycees, and the Dubois County Chapter of the American Heart Association. He was a member of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, where he was also on the board of directors, and served as vice president. He was a recipient of the Chamber Excellence Award, Positive Success Award, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Local Jaycee President in Indiana, Outstanding Young Man in Jasper, and the Presidents Community Excellence Award. He enjoyed water skiing, the outdoors, farming, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Elfrieda Fleck; two daughters; Karen Waninger, Tyler, Texas, and Denise Baglan and husband Randy, Dubois; three sons, Noel Fleck and wife Kay and Jon Fleck and wife Janelle, all of Jasper, and Kevin Fleck, Carmel; 17 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren (and one on the way).

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Madonna Fleck, and four brothers: Albert, Jr, Harold, Raymond, and Robert Fleck.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher Kluesner Downtown Chapel and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. A rosary will be prayed by the Holy Family Parish at 2:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church, ROJAC, Riley Hospital for Children, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial att 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

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