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Leonard Cleveland Fidler

January 8, 1930May 20, 2020

Leonard “Len” Cleveland Fidler, age 90, of Newton, NC, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born January 8, 1930 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Raymond Benton Fidler and Edna Miller Smiley.

Len graduated from Carlisle High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U. S. Navy where he was stationed in Guam. He graduated from Temple University with an engineering degree. Working as a private contractor for the United States Air Force, Len managed a flight simulator based on a rail car that traveled to different Air Forces bases across the United States.

While on assignment in Las Vegas, NV, Len met the love of his life, Catawba County native, Joyce Little, who he married in 1965. The couple moved to Conover, NC in 1971, where Len accepted a position working at Southern Glove Company where he worked until his retirement in 2005.

Len is survived by his devoted wife, Joyce Little Fidler; son, Brent Fidler and wife, Tamara, son, Greg Fidler; grandchildren, Kathleen London Fidler, Adrienne Fidler, Atticus Fidler, Lucas Fidler, Jasper Fidler; from a previous marriage, daughter, Linda Rains and husband, Darrell, son, Steve Fidler; grandchildren, Dean Rains and wife, Susan, Heather Vaughn and husband, Ryan, Ashley Adams, Lauren Buis and husband, Carver, Kayla Humble and husband, Jorden.

He had a gift to make all those who met him feel comfortable and respected. His humor and gracious demeanor brought joy to all those who knew him. A dedicated family man, Len’s legacy is a large close-knit family who continue to carry on his contagious enthusiasm.

The family will be celebrating Len’s life at a private interment followed by a Memorial Service on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton, NC.

Memorials may be sent to Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 North Main Street, Newton, NC 28658.


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    Sunday, May 24, 2020


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Mike & Brenda Craig

May 24, 2020

Joyce, Brent, Greg and family.....

I’ve have thought of “the Fidlers” many times over the years since we last saw each other.
I always enjoyed stopping in at Southern Glove and appreciate having had the opportunity to be a supplier and friend.

We see in our Charlotte paper this morning that Len has gone on to be in Heaven where he awaits with his infectious laugh and another old joke. I look forward to that one day.

God Bless you All.

Heather Stillerman

May 22, 2020

I treasure the friendship that Don and Virginia Powers (Mom and Dad) had with Len and Joyce over the many, many years. They always loved their company and connection. Thinking of you all.

Charles and Mitzi Moody

May 22, 2020

We are so sadden to hear of Lynn passing, he was such a wonderful friend and really enjoyed our breakfast's together. Our prayers to Joyce and family.

Bea Sherrill

May 21, 2020

How I loved Len's smile. I remember the last election I helped him vote. All business, but giver of joy. And, of course, those delicious baked beans. He loved sharing them. May God give him rest and the family the peace that only He can give.

Kim Sigmon

May 21, 2020

I worked with Len for twenty years and we were friends over forty years. We had some great times and laughs together. Len had a big heart, personality and smile. His laugh was contagious. His kindness and witty stories were shared with all. Len was a giver. I was blessed to be his friend. He will be missed by many but I am glad he no longer suffers. I offer my heart felt condolences to his family. Kim Sigmon


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