Harold B. Fleming, also known as "Sonny" or "HB", died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center under hospice care.
Born in 1933 in Liberty Township, Montour County, he was the son of the late David and Ruth (Narehood) Fleming. He married Jean Louise Gardner who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2012, breaking a marital bond of more than 60 years. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ronald D. Fleming.
He was a 1951 graduate of Danville High School.
As a young boy, Sonny worked in his grandfathers quarry, learning to operate various pieces of equipment, and developing a work ethic which he would pass down to each of his children. After much hard work and saving of paychecks, he was able to buy his first "dumper" and so began a nearly 60 year career in the trucking industry. From that first dump truck he successfully built a fleet of trucks which hauled various cargo through many states. During that time he employed many hard working and dedicated men and women, many who were quite young as he was when he first started. They were the true backbone of his business.
He loved to talk trucks and old cars. He owned various motorcycles, and in his younger years participated in races and hill climbs. He golfed, and with friends traveled across the country, golfing at different resorts, in different states. He was ecstatic to be able to attend the Masters not once but twice. Stories of tailgating at Penn State games in the old 72' Winnebego abound. After retiring he could most often be seen on the mower or John Deere maintaining the grounds. He fulfilled his dream of obtaining his pilot's license and his wife's dream with the purchase of the "farm".
Grandchildren could not wait to return to the "farm". Racing the old go-cart, riding in and driving the old fire engine, hunting for arrowheads, catching fireflies, hard fought wiffle ball games, hunting earthworms at night for fishing in the pond, competitive scrabble games, and sleeping all of them under one roof, were only a few of the special memories of the "farm". He made that possible.
He was a member of Shriners International, The American Legion, life member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Elks, and the Union County Sportsmen's Club.
He is survived by one sister, Judith A. Fleming; one daughter and son-in-law, Cinda and Timothy Printzenhoff, of Watsontown: one son and daughter-in-law, Harold Scott and Terri Fleming, of Glen Burnie, Md. He was "Pappy" to seven grandchildren, Amanda, Rebecca, Laura, Sarah, Rachel, Seth, and Deborah, as well as nine great-grandchildren, Isabella, Devin, Owen, Lydia, Ivory, Ethan, Myra, Gabriel, and Emma.
Per his request, a celebration of life and burial will be at the discretion of the family.
If a contribution in Sonny's name is desired, the family suggests the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Turbotville.
Published on May 6, 2016