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John F. Fleck
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Obituary for John F. Fleck

John Ferdinand Fleck 82 passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones on Friday, February 16, 2018. He was a wonderful family man, he will always be missed and will be forever cherished.

John's story began on December 31, 1935. He was the oldest and only son to John and Caroline Fleck. He was born in Flasher, ND and was raised on a farm west of Selfridge, ND where he spent his childhood and made lifelong friends. After he graduated from Selfridge High School, he attended college at Dickinson State. Where he earned a BA in History and Accounting. While he was in college he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard. John reached the rank of Private First Class.

John moved to Baker, MT where he met his love of his life, Sidney. He always said it was the best spaghetti dinner he ever had. "He loved her from the moment he saw her." They were married on June 29, 1963. During this time, Sonja and Kim were born.

In 1971, John and Sidney moved back to Selfridge where he took over the family farm. While there, his other three daughters, Lisa, Amy and Vanessa, were born. In 1988, he sold the farm and moved the family to Mandan, ND. John sold real estate and substitute taught until he retired.

John was a farmer at heart and enjoyed spending his time outdoors gardening and planting trees. He had several hobbies; attending the grandkids activities, going for coffee with friends, playing Farkel, and traveling with his beloved wife, sisters and brothers-in-laws. John's family and grandkids were his heart and joy.

John courageously fought a rare form of cancer for over 12 years. His strength and perseverance were a true reflection of the kind of person John was. Because of his love for children and John's journey with cancer, he requested memorial donations to be made to St. Jude's Childrens Cancer Research in his name.

Loved ones that will miss John until they meet again; his wife, Sidney, his daughters, Sonja (Gary) Opolka, Kimberly (John) Fox, Lisa (Ryan) Jager, Amy (Donnie) Balliet and Vanessa (Dan) Masseth, his 12 grandchildren, his sisters, Delores (Don) Aman, Linda (Dennis) Kropp and Judy (Gene) Johner and his numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Loved ones that proceeded John are his parents, John and Caroline and sister, Alvina (Fleck) Hersch. His in-laws Louis and Nellie Larson.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
DaWise Perry Funeral Services

4614 Memorial Highway
Mandan, ND 58554





7:00 PM
DaWise Perry Funeral Services

4614 Memorial Highway
Mandan, ND 58554

Mass of Christian Burial




1:30 PM
St. Joseph's Catholic Church

108 Third Street NE
Mandan, ND 58554

Cemetery Details


North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

1825 46th Street
Mandan, ND 58554


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