Russell Franklin "Rusty" Flesher, Jr.

May 10, 1957November 2, 2018

Russell Franklin “Rusty” Flesher, Jr., 61, of Stuarts Draft, passed away on November 2, 2018 at Augusta Health in Fishersville surrounded by his adoring family. Born May 10, 1957, the only child to the late Geraldine (Puffenbarger) and Russell Flesher, Sr., Mr. Flesher’s battle with head and neck cancer served as a prevailing inspiration to those who encountered him on a daily basis.

A 1979 graduate of Radford College, Mr. Flesher was employed for 36 years at Hershey Chocolate of Virginia, where he worked diligently as a Quality Assurance Manager. A lifetime resident of Augusta County, Mr. Flesher’s dedication to his community was remarkable. He served in many supporting roles in the Stuarts Draft High School Athletic Department and local youth sport organizations. Hilton Head Island was his personal paradise, and a favorite destination for his loved ones to gather. Mr. Flesher was an avid sports fan, and cherished victories from the Baltimore Orioles and University of Notre Dame Football. Nothing matched the passion he had for his family. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jackie; three children, son Craig and wife Beth, daughter Beth and husband Jayme, daughter Jennifer and husband Whittney; and six grandsons, Carter, Addison, and Bennett Flesher, and Grant, Owen, and Ryan Brafford.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

A funeral service for Mr. Flesher will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, in Stuarts Draft, on Tuesday, November 6, at 11:00 AM. Pastor Earl Monroe will officiate the service, and active pallbearers will be Jayme Brafford, Whittney Coffey, Jim Almarode, Randy Houff, Bill Perdue, and Darrell Sheets. Interment will follow the service at Augusta Memorial Park.

A special token of gratitude is extended from the family to Dr. Paphitis and staff at the UVA Hope Center and Tracy Weikel at Johns Hopkins for their compassionate care of Mr. Flesher during his fight.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those desiring make memorial donations to the UVA Hope Cancer Center – 57 Beam Lane, Fishersville, Va, 22939, or the Stuarts Draft High School Athletic Department – 1028 Augusta Farms Road, Stuarts Draft, Va, 24477.

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  • Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018


  • Interment, Officiating

Russell Franklin "Rusty" Flesher, Jr.

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Debbie Hunter

November 5, 2018

When I first went to work at Hershey 10 yrs. ago I was scared to have Rusty check our work when we did a clean ,but we soon realized Rusty wasn't to feared ,he was there to help us and we growed to love and respect him very much. We even went looking for him when we wasn't cleaning and he was happy to answer our questions. Rusty was a good man and we will miss him and his smile.

Lynn Swiech

November 5, 2018

Over the last 30 years, Rusty has been a great work colleague, an even better friend, and a true inspiration. I'll happily remember his ready smile and quick wit. Sincere condolences to the Flesher family...he will be missed by so many.

Don Mastrorocco

November 4, 2018

I had the privilege to work with Rusty for many years at the Hershey plant in Stuart’s Draft. He was universally respected for his technical expertise but even more so for the way he treated others. He was as good a man as I’ve ever met.

Karen Ocamb

November 4, 2018

My sincerest condolences to the Flesher Family.
Rusty gave so much to others myself included. I had the great pleasure of getting to know Rusty through my interactions with him at the Stuarts Draft plant. The smile that Rusty showed all the time just made being interacting with him such a great pleasure.
God Bless
Karen J. Ocamb

Helen Ammons

November 4, 2018

Dear family of Rusty, I am so sorry to learn of Rusty's passing. I worked with him for several years at Hershey and always thought he was a faithful, well-regarded employee. I truly enjoyed working with him and getting to know him personally. He was a valued friend, and I will miss him. My sympathies and condolences to the family.
Helen Ammons

Jim Mullenax

November 4, 2018

To Rusty’s Family, My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to at this time. I worked Security at Hershey for close to 13 years and always enjoyed talking to Rusty. He was always so pleasant and friendly and would often stop by the Security Desk to say hi and visit with me when he had time. It was a pleasure to work with him and he was so nice to me and he will be missed by many including myself. Jim Mullenax

Sabrina Sheets

November 4, 2018

Jackie and Family-
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Rusty. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. He always had that smile on his face and I never saw him without it. He and my dad had some good times together. I know they both enjoyed each others company. He will surely be missed by all that knew him.