Joseph Richard Fleming

June 12, 1947March 20, 2013

Born June 12, 1947, Joseph Richard Fleming, Jr’s 65 years of love-filled life were painted with a gregarious, humorous, proud and loving brush. The first son of eight children produced by Joe and Dolores Fleming, Joe’s participation in a gigantic Irish Catholic family a source of tremendous joy. His 50 first cousins ensured there was never a stranger anywhere he went.

Married to the love of his life Mary Beth for 43 years, they had an amazing time raising three sons J.R., Kevin , Brian. Joe loved being a Dad more than anything, leading St. Elizabeth’s Cub Scouts Troop 150 and running the Father’s Club at Rockhurst High School, where he was also a graduate in 1965. His six granddaughters and one grandson engaged an ecstatic love that truly lit up his being. Of all the titles of his life, Grandpa was the one he loved the most.

A love of literature and writing produced an English degree from Northwest Missouri State. Joe taught journalism, literature and writing at Shawnee Mission South. He took a 30-year hiatus from the classroom selling yearbooks for Intercollegiate Press, and printing for Spangler. It was with tremendous joy that he returned to service in Jesuit Education having worked the last 17 years at Rockhurst High School.

He loved photography and adventure, traveling to London, Turkey, China, and America’s treasured parks and wine regions.

Joe is proceeded in death by his father Joe Fleming I, and survived by his Mother Dolores Fleming, wife Mary Beth, J.R. Fleming, Liana Taylor and Delilah, of the Bay Area, Kevin and Stacie (Wilkening) Fleming and Finley, Avery, and Declan of Kansas City, Brian and Anna (Vitale) Fleming and Mary Jane, Rose and Annie of Kansas City.

A visitation at St. Peter’s will precede a funeral mass on Monday, March 25. Visitors are welcome from 9-11am, funeral mass at 11:30-12:30 followed by a lunch at St. Peter’s. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to St. Peters or St. Elizabeth’s School.


  • Visitation Monday, March 25, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 25, 2013

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Janie Mura Wall

June 1, 2013

I just found out about Joe...I am so very very sorry...even tho' I'm late signing the guest book, please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers...

Doug Euston

March 29, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Joe. He was a wonderful person. I am saying a little pray for Joe and all the Flemings.

Doug Euston

March 29, 2013

Dear Mary Beth and Family,

I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that my prayers are with you.

Susan Krusemark


March 29, 2013

March 27, 2013

Fleming Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and if you need anything please let us know.

Joe, Christine, Maggie, & Frances Rogge

March 27, 2013

Dear Mary Jo, J.R., Kevin & Brian,
I apologize that I didn't include Kevin in my condolences. I had Joe on my mind and said his name instead of Kevin's. Our prayers are with you and your family. Dennis & Jody Sweeney

Matt Zender

March 27, 2013

Fleming Family-
I am deeply saddened by loss of your husband, Father and Grandpa. I will always remember the fun yearbook classes at RHS, and how Mr. Fleming exuded passion for teaching young minds every day.

Our condolences,
Kristin and Matt Zender (RHS '98)

Michael Reintjes

March 26, 2013

Fleming Family: I just want to add to my earlier post a testament to Joe's character. Joe showed great sympathy towards our family when my mother passed. He also did a great service to our family by befriending my dad as he battled mesothelioma. Joe patiently interviewed my dad for a family legacy video which Joe produced. It was not easy as my dad's speech was greatly diminished but with great humor they completed the project. I will listen to their banter this week with great emotion. Joe became like another son to my dad and we greatly appreciated that! God Bless you, Joe. I will always remember that Irish twinkle in your eyes! The Great Rockhurst Class of '65!

Larry and Dot Ruby

March 26, 2013

Mary Beth, JR, Kevin, and Brian, we extend our thoughts and prayers to you on Joe's passing. We will remember Joe for his energy, humor, and personal kindness to us both. We still treasure the picture album and video Joe presented to us upon my retirement.Peace and prayers always.

Kathy Hurley Smith

March 26, 2013

To the Fleming Family: I am Maureen Hurley's sister. I really did not know Joe, but know Mary very well. I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you and this time.