HUNTINGDON - Harry Davis Fleming, 87, of Westminster Woods, Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at 12:09 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.
Born Aug. 28, 1924, in Huntingdon, he was the son of the late Rev. Harry Davis Fleming and Sarah (Wilson) Fleming. He was united in marriage to the former Laura Jean Girman on July 2, 1960, at the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, Belleville, by the Rev. Jay Walters. Mrs. Fleming preceded him in death on Feb. 8, 2010.
Mr. Fleming is survived by: his son, James D. Fleming and his partner, Scott Peterson, of San Francisco, Calif.; three stepsons, John R. Burnside Jr. and wife, Kathleen, of Brandywine, Md., Wayne G. Burnside and wife, Pamela, of Rockville, Md., and Jay A. Burnside, and wife, Cynthia, of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, John A. Burnside, of Virginia, Kara (Burnside) Silanskis and husband, Jeremy, of Maryland, Meredith (Burnside) Magnini and husband, Nick, of New York, Matthew Burnside, of Maryland, John D. Burnside, of Pennsylvania, and Claire M. Burnside, of Ohio; and four great- grandchildren, June Silanskis, of Maryland, Nolan Magnini, of New York, and Aidan and Ryan Burnside, both of Virginia.
He was a member of the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, Belleville.
Mr. Fleming was a 1942 graduate of Belleville High School and a 1948 graduate of Juniata College, Huntingdon, where he received a B.S. degree in mathematics.
He served for three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending time aboard the U.S.S. O'Bannon. He then served in the Naval Reserves, retiring as Lt. Commander.
Mr. Fleming was employed by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He was subsequently employed by NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., retiring in 1985. During that time he traveled all over the world setting up ground tracking systems for satellite communications.
He was an avid sports fan, especially baseball. He loved solving crossword and other puzzles. He also enjoyed tinkering in his workshop. He was a devoted husband and father and his family will remember him as a gentle man and humble soul.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the West Kisahcoquillas Presbyterian Church, 3820 W. Main St., Belleville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the church, with the Rev. Samuel G. Strohm officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Machpelah Cemetery, located behind the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in remembrance of Harry D. Fleming may be made to the West Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 98, Belleville, PA 17004 or to the American Cancer Society, Huntingdon County Unit, 123 S Sparks St., State College, PA 16801.
Arrangements are under the care of John B. Brown Funeral Home Inc., 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, PA 16652.