George Gordon Fleener


George Gordon Fleener, 90, of Columbia died Friday, November 15, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center.  Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, November 18, at Memorial Funeral Home.  Burial followed the service at Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors.

George Fleener was born on March 25, 1923, to Merle Carroll and Dorothy Gordon Fleener in Berlin, N.D. He married Rosezella Graham on Dec. 27, 1946, in Springfield. She preceded him in death. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and trustee. 

He was a fisheries biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 39 years, retiring in 1989. He received numerous awards for his conservation work and was a member of the American Fisheries Society for over 60 years. 

He was a member of the VFW, the Utah State Alumni Association and the Timberwolves Association and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish rite. He served in the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves) in Europe during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from Utah State University. 

George is survived by two sons, Ted Fleener of Elkader, Iowa, and Tim Fleener of Gladstone; six grandchildren, Donovan Reves (wife Rima) of Corvallis, Ore., David Fleener (wife Sarah) of Hartford City, Ind., Sara Fleener (Donny Shimek) of Decorah, Iowa, Heather Koenig (husband Brian) of St. Louis, Douglas Fleener of Elkader, Iowa, and Daniel Fleener of Kansas City. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

Memorial contributions are appreciated to Calvary Baptist Church, 606 Ridgeway Ave., Columbia, MO  65203 or Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Avenue Blvd., PO Box 334, Columbia, MO  65203.

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