A Turtle’s Tribute:
FLEMING, Richard Lee Richard passed away peacefully at his home in Richardson, Texas on May 1, 2021 at the age of 87. Born March 19, 1934 in Champaign, IL, Richard was raised by his loving parents David Ross and Eulalia Pearl Fleming.
Richard was co-valedictorian at Bement High School (’52), earned his BA at Trinity College (’56) and MTh at Garrett Theological Seminary where he met and married his wife of 63+ years Katherine Kay Peters and was ordained an Elder in the Methodist Church in 1961.
He served pastorates in Illinois until ’66 and then earned an MSM degree from SMU in 1970. He served as Minister of Music at Grace UMC in Des Moines, IA from 1968 to 1972 and at First UMC, Richardson, TX until his retirement in 1999. He was an accomplished choral conductor and organist and a member of the Choristers Guild and American Guild of Organists. His adult choirs performed many master works and toured Europe three times. He also directed the Chapel Singers Youth choir and inspired countless youth to pursue careers in music and ministry.
He earned a D. Min degree at SMU in 1979 and served as director of the Turtle Creek Chorale from 1982 1984. Richard and Kay were devoted parents to David, Anne, and John who are forever grateful for the love, guidance, and support of their parents.
He was preceded in death by his Parents, Parents-in-law Charles and Emma Peters, brothers Carl and Jerry. He is survived by his wife Kay, his sister Lois Ann Comer, his children, daughter-in-law Amy, son-in-law Clifford, daughter-in-law Rona, grandchildren Thomas, Matthew, Peter, Victoria, and Emma and great-grandchildren Isabella and Violet. We love you and miss you Daddy-Rich!
A private memorial service will be held at First United Methodist in Richardson, TX, on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:00 am CDT. The service will be live-streamed so that all those whose lives were enriched by Richard’s ministry will have the chance to join us in some way. Please visit the FUMCR website for more information. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Music Ministry of FUMCR in Richard’s memory.