Don E. and Carol A. Fleming

Donald “Don” E., age 93, and Carol A. Fleming, age 91, passed away peacefully

Don and Carol Fleming

Don and Carol Fleming

Aug. 27, 2013 at Wellsville Retirement Community in Wellsville, Kan., 18 hours apart with their family by their side.

Carol was born on April 13, 1922 in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Blaine and Gertrude (Mallory) Phillips.

Don was born on Aug. 21, 1920 in Richter, Kan., the son of Thomas H. and Ethelyn G. (Staadt) Fleming.

Don and Carol were united in marriage on Aug. 7, 1942 in Ottawa, Kan. They celebrated 71 years together.

Carol lived in Gardner, Kan., for many years and has been a resident of Wellsville, Kan., for the last 20 years.  Don lived about half his life in Johnson County and the other half in Franklin County, Kan.

Carol graduated from Ottawa High School and attended two years at Ottawa University.  Don graduated from Pomona High School with the class of 1937 and from Kansas State University in 1941 with a degree in milling.

Don was the owner and operator of the Gardner Elevator and after retirement did carpentry, flipping houses and kept busy with other odd jobs.  Carol was a homemaker.

Don served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 until October 1945, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

He was a member of and very active in the Wellsville United Methodist Church and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gardner and the Lion’s club.

Carol and Don were survived by their daughters Judy Bono and her husband Jack, of Mooresville, Mo.; Becky See and her husband Dwane, of Ottawa, Kan.; sons Tom Fleming and his wife Kelly, of Edgerton, Kan.; David Fleming, of Paola, Kan.; Don’s brother Bruce Fleming and his wife Ruth, of Ottawa; his sister Helen Smith of Salina, Kan.; Carol’s half-sister Elaine Mustard, of Leavenworth, Kan.; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

They were preceded in death by Carol’s parents Blaine and Gertrude Phillips, her brother Blaine Phillips, her half-brother Paul Phillips and Don’s parents Thomas and Ethelyn Fleming.

A celebration of life service will be held at Wellsville Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.  Following the service a picnic is planned at 2 p.m. at Celebration Park in Gardner.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellsville United Methodist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067.  An online guestbook is available at