The Rev. John F. Fleischman Sr., 87, a retired clergy member of the Conference, passed away Monday morning, July 24, 2017, in The Grove at Greenville.
He was born in Tarentum on May 30, 1930, a son of John E. and Edith (Roberts) Fleischman. He was a 1952 graduate of Adrian College, Adrian, Mich. On Sept. 1, 1951, he married the former Mary K. Browne; she passed away April 30, 2015.
John taught sixth grade at Fawn Township Elementary School for 30 years, where he touched many young minds. After retirement, John and Mary went to seminary and they both became ordained United Methodist ministers and worked at churches in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. He served as a local pastor at the New Hope Parish from 1986-89, then moved to the Redstone Charge before serving churches in West Ohio from 1990-92 when he was ordained a deacon and probationary member and began serving Espyville and Westford UMCs. John was ordained an elder in 1995 and retired the following year. He moved to Jamestown in 1997.
He enjoyed bird watching from his back porch, reading, woodworking, talking with people, and listening to Bob Prince announcing the Pittsburgh Pirates. No matter where John went, he always would run into someone he knew, whether it was a former student, church member or friend. He will be greatly missed and remembered by many.
He is survived by four sons, John F. Fleischman Jr., of Saxonburg, Daniel L. Fleischman and his fiancee Marie Queen, of Butler, Marc E. Fleischman and his wife Robyn, of Sarver, and Philip A. Fleischman and his wife Mary, of North Carolina; two daughters, Sarah K. Clark and her husband Jeff, of Wisconsin, and Rebekah L. Dietrich, of Fredonia; two sisters, Carol Masquelier and her husband Dick, and Jean Nolf and her husband Robert; a brother, Daniel Fleischman; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to LOUTZENHISER-RANDALL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 416 Liberty St., Jamestown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St., Seventh floor, New York, NY 10014. Visitors may sign the online guestbook at loutzenhiserfuneralhome.com.