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Richard E. "Dick" Fleeger

June 22, 1952 ~ November 3, 2019 (age 67)


Richard E. “Dick” Fleeger, 67, of Main Street, Karns City, a well known area resident and former school board president, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Sunday evening, November 3, 2019.

Richard was born in Butler on June 22, 1952.  He was the son of the late John M. and Marian L. Potts Fleeger.

Dick was a 1970 graduate of Fairview Twp. Karns City High School where he was an outstanding and talented athlete, setting many unsurpassed records in football.  Dick attended Butler County Community College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Slippery Rock University in 1974.

He was employed for more than 40 years at Sonneborn in Petrolia and was the environmental coordinator at the time of his retirement in 2016.

Dick served on the school board of the Karns City Area School District for more than two decades and served the board as president for several terms. Dick was of the Protestant faith.  He was a member of the Argyle Masonic Lodge #540 F&AM in Chicora, the Chicora Moose Lodge, and was a member of the SOI in Brady’s Bend.  Dick enjoyed working on his house in Karns City, as well as his children’s houses.  He enjoyed traveling to Florida with his wife, and most especially he enjoyed the company of his grandchildren and great granddaughter, who held him in the highest esteem.

Surviving is his wife, Deborah Lowers Fleeger, whom he married in Chicora on April 24, 1970; two children, Bryan L. Fleeger and his wife, Alisa, of Petrolia and Bethany A. Stewart and her husband, Jeffery, of Chicora; two brothers, John M. Fleeger Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Butler and David H. Fleeger and his wife, Ruth, of Karns City; a sister, Susan Rodgers and her husband, David, of Chicora; five grandchildren, Marissa A. Hiles and her husband, Adam, of Karns City, Cailyn C. Fleeger and Logan C. Fleeger, both of Petrolia, Karsyn L. Stewart and Kinsley A. Stewart, both of Chicora; a great granddaughter, Emilia A. Hiles of Karns City; his mother-in-law, Marlene Lowers of Chicora, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Donald Lowers, as well as his grandparents, and a number of aunts and uncles.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora, from 1 -3 and 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Dennis Barger, longtime family friend, officiating.  Interment will follow at Hillview Cemetery in the village of Kepple’s Corners. Memorial contributions may be made to the Karns City Regional Ambulance Service, PO Box 21, Petrolia, PA 16050 or the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 237, Petrolia, PA 16050.  For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit

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