Dr. Richard Edwin Fleming, age 71, completed his time on earth on December 22, 2017, surrounded by loved ones at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in his hometown of Seguin, TX.
Richard was born on May 12, 1946 in Dallas, Texas into a wonderful loving family of parents Mary and Ed, an older sister Rosemary, and two younger brothers, Stephen and Frank. He attended University Park Methodist church, served as a candle-lighter, regularly attended Sunday school classes and MYF Functions, and his Fleming Family is replete in Methodism. With his parents moving the family to Highland Park in 1954, he received a superior education graduating in 1964 among the top of his class. He excelled in science and math, studied Latin and history, and lettered all three years on both the football and track teams. He set a new school high jump record by jumping his height of 6’2". His childhood is memorable for the extensive relationships he had with both friends and family and the many hobbies he enjoyed with his father and two younger brothers. Many family reunions extended well into 2005. He hardly ever missed one. He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where he emphasized academics and social life. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and served as their pledge class President his first year and Rush Chairman his senior year. He published a rush brochure for incoming freshmen students. After three years and no summer school and plenty of advanced placement hours, he graduated early Magna Cum Laude in May 1967. His summers were filled with working in the surgical units of Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Methodist Hospital in Houston, and Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. Thanks to Uncle Ted and many other marvelous medical doctors he came to know that he wanted to be a doctor and felt it was a calling to help and care for patients. Upon completion of medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he continued his postgraduate work with an internship at UCLA, and Ophthalmology residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and Fort Worth. He was Chief Resident during his third year of residency. He excelled in general Ophthalmology with special interest and aptitude for cataract surgery and the new techniques of phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation. Immediately after residency, and after a two week vacation to Yellowstone National Park, he moved his new family, Barbara, Mark and Suzanne to Seguin, Texas in 1975. With the encouragement and help of Dr. Henry Moore and other general practitioners, he established his office and practice of Ophthalmology and was busy from the onset. He was the first clinical specialist to serve Seguin in Ophthalmology and brought the modern era of eyecare to the community. He has helped many thousands of patients, several generations of families, and restored sight to thousands of patients with vision impaired by cataracts. He has been fortunate to have an excellent office staff and in particular Dora DelaGarza at his side with her capable assistance. The love and care she has shown to his patients was technically excellent and showed the love and care of a dedicated ophthalmic assistant. He will be remembered by his patients as a thorough and skilled doctor who talked their language and gave them individual care and understanding. Dr. Fleming was a member of both the San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology and the Austin Ophthalmology Society. He attended the monthly meetings of both these societies with remarkable regularity. He knew generations of prominent Ophthalmologists and had many professional contacts. He offered and arranged consultations with some of these specialists that could help his patients with unusual problems. He held many interests and hobbies throughout his life, including fishing, hunting, outdoors, photography, history, architecture, genealogy study, traveling, gardening, Dallas Cowboy football, San Antonio Spurs basketball, and developing lasting relationships full of interesting conversations with those in his own community as well as people met worldwide over many trips and journeys throughout his life. He enjoyed many happy years in the home he built and referred to as Flemingberg, set on 10 pristine acres alongside the Guadalupe River. This was the perfect setting for Richard to entertain friends and family, with parties at his home, campfires in the pecan bottom, and stargazing off the back porch under the milky way galaxy while pondering our own existence and considering life’s bigger questions and mysteries. Richard is survived by his former wife and good friend Barbara Fleming, Austin TX, son Mark Fleming, Austin, TX, daughter Suzanne Cashen, Austin, TX, Sister Rosemary McCullough, Richmond, VA, brothers Stephen Fleming and Frank Fleming, Dallas, TX, daughter in-law Jessi Fleming and son in-law Greg Cashen, and grandchildren Sophie Fleming, Grace Cashen, Thomas Fleming, Stiles Cashen, and Ryan Fleming. His memory and legacy also lives on through his partner Merle Crose and daughter Theresa Crose and family, and also his close friend Dora DelaGarza and son David, and daughters DeAnne, and DeLaine and family. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Tres Hewell Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Seguin with Rev. Stephen Fleming, Rev. Jeremy Roy and Rev. Cathe Evins officiating. Interment will follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 710 N. Austin St., Seguin, Texas, 78155, or to Friends of the Seguin Public Library, 313 West Nolte St., Seguin, Texas, 78155 or to the charity of one’s choice. You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com
. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.