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Robert E. Fleming

July 9, 1929 ~ November 13, 2018 (age 89)

Robert E. “Soapy” Fleming, 89, a well known, lifelong Foxburg resident, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 13, 2018 at Grove Manor in Grove City. 

Robert was born in Foxburg on July 09, 1929.  He was the son of the late John and Myrtle Stalker Fleming.  He graduated from the St. Petersburg – Richland High school. Bob was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the infantry in Korea at the 38th Parallel.  Soapy was of the protestant faith, and was an avid outdoorsman and hunter.  He was very active in the Foxburg community, having served on Foxburg Borough Council, Foxburg Water Authority, the Foxburg Library Board, and the Foxburg Cemetery Association.  He was a member of the International Order of Oddfellows for more 60 years.  Bob was employed for more than 40 years with the Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation in Emlenton and retired from Petro Wax in 1993. 

Bob was preceded in death on June 8, 1993 by his wife, Rita Irene Francisco Fleming, whom he married in Parker on February 14, 1953.

Soapy is survived by two sons, Jeffrey S. Fleming and his wife, Sandra J., of Foxburg, and Lance L. Fleming of Paducah, KY; five grandchildren survive, Todd Fleming and his wife, Amanda, of Elkland, Douglas Fleming and his wife, Elizabeth A. “Beth,” of Bruin, Adisyn Fleming, Cade Fleming, and Claire Fleming, all of Paducah, KY; five great grandchildren, Genevieve Grace, Rachel Mae, Wyatt Jacob, Garrett Steven, and ElisseRenae; two brothers, Ronald L. Fleming and his wife, Sandra, of Knox, and Charles R. Fleming and his wife, Judy, of Foxburg; a sister, Norma L. Slaugenhoup, and her husband, Carl P. “Phil”, of Parker, a sister-in-law, Marilyn Silvis, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Harry, and James Fleming, as well as a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home Inc., 802 Grove St., St. Petersburg, on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A funeral service will be held from the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Jacob Langdon, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Emlenton.  Military Honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.  Interment will be in the Eau Claire Cemetery.  For more information, or to send a condolence, please visit     

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