|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1927|
|Death: ||May 29, 2008|
John W. Fleener was born in Bloomington, Indiana on February 12, 1927. His parents were Harold and Irene (Morgan) Fleener. He is married to Janet (Dyson) Fleener and has two children, John W. Fleener of Bloomington, and Mattie Jayne Fleener (husband Mike Merritt), of Baton Rouge, LA; three step-children, Terance Dyson (wife Ann) of Greenville, TX, Jennifer Croft (husband David) of Bloomington, and Christopher Dyson (wife Amy) of Sydney, NE; and seven grandchildren (James Merritt, Whitney Croft, Danielle Croft, Carly Croft, Rebekah Dyson, Amanda Dyson, Jesselyn Dyson).
John graduated from high school in December, 1944. He completed one semester of college before leaving for basic training on May 1, 1945, and missing his high school graduation. His parents received his high school diploma for him as he completed basic training and was deployed to Japan. He served in the armed forces for 1/1—2 years at the rank of staff sergeant in the Army Transportation Corps division. He returned to Bloomington after his discharge in December, 1946, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1950 from Indiana University. He completed his master's degree at Indiana University in educational administration in 1952.
John began his teaching career in January, 1950 at Irving Elementary School in Hammond, Indiana teaching 6th grade. He then taught 6th grade at Parrish Grade School in Hammond for the 1950-1951 academic year. Returning to Bloomington, he taught 5th grade at Fairview Elementary for two years, then at Elm Heights Elementary for three years.
When Rogers Elementary School was newly completed, he taught 6th grade there from 1956-1959 at which time he was promoted to Principal and became the principal at the newly completed Marlin Elementary School. He served as principal at Marlin for three years and was promoted to serve at Hunter Elementary School in 1962. In 1966, the Monroe County Community School Corporation received Title 3 federal funding to design and construct a new, exemplary school. John served as a special assistant to the Superintendent for one year as Childs Elementary School was being designed and built. He hand-picked his staff, which included two full-time secretaries, full-time PE, art and music teachers, and a full-time librarian. This was the first time in the MCCSC history that an elementary school was able to include, through Title 3 funding, full-time support staff in these areas. John served as the first principal of Childs Elementary School from 1967 to 1983. He then went to Clear Creek Elementary for one year until it closed and finished his career teaching 4th grade at Dyer for 3/1—2 years. He retired in November, 1988 after almost 38 years in education.
He continued to be active in the First United Methodist Church, of which he was a member for 61 years, the MCCSC Retired Teachers Association, the Retired Principals, Burton Woolery Post #18 of the American Legion and Kiwanis where he served two terms on the board. He also served as an Area Ten volunteer, delivering meals-on-wheels. John leaves his wife, Janet, of almost 30 years and his loving children and grandchildren as well as many friends, colleagues, and former students. As a career educator, he can be remembered as an educational innovator during a time of change in public education in Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmie Moore officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. The Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military gravesite rites.
The Herald-Times, May 31, 2008
Rose Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 02, 2008
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