George Fleener was a World War II veteran, fisheries biologist

Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 8:36 p.m. CST; updated 8:46 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 16, 2013

COLUMBIA — George Gordon Fleener of Columbia died Friday Nov. 15, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 90.

Mr. Fleener was born March 25, 1923, to Merle Carroll and Dorothy Gordon Fleener in Berlin, N.D. He married Rosezella Graham on Dec. 27, 1946, in Springfield.

Mr. Fleener was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and trustee. He was a fisheries biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 39 years, retiring in 1989. He received numerous awards for his conservation work and was a member of the American Fisheries Society for over 60 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Utah State University Alumni Association and the National Timberwolf Association, and he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. He served in the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves) in Europe during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Utah State University.

Mr. Fleener is survived by two sons, Ted Fleener of Elkader, Iowa, and Tim Fleener of Gladstone, Mo.; six grandchildren, Donovan Reves and wife Rima of Corvallis, Ore., David Fleener and wife Sarah of Hartford City, Ind., Sara Fleener and husband Donny Shimek of Decorah, Iowa, Heather Koenig and husband Brian of St. Louis, Douglas Fleener of Elkader, Iowa, and Daniel Fleener of Kansas City. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

His wife died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow the funeral service at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 606 Ridgeway Ave., Columbia, MO 65203.

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