Former Douglas resident Irvin William Fleek, 85, died in his home in Walla Walla, Wash., on Nov. 15, 2002.
He was born May 3, 1917, in Douglas. In 1941, he attended the University of Washington as an engineering student. He served in the U.S. Army at Engineering Division headquarters during World War II.
He met and married Helen Baughman Myers in 1944 in Walla Walla and they raised four children. They divorced in 1973. Founder of Walla Walla Realty, he owned the company from 1951 to 1964. He then worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge (achieving the Scottish Rite 32nd degree), the Shrine Club, the Elks, the VFW, and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. He participated in many parades as a member of the Walla Walla 59ers.
Family and friends were always the center of his life, his family said. Always an Alaskan at heart, he never tired of telling stories about his homeland and the many adventures of his youth, the family said.
He is survived by his children, Robert Fleek of Snohomish, Wash.; Terrie (and Rocky) Towle of Boise, Idaho; Ronda (and Jay) Githens of Batavia, Ill.; and Janet Blake of Richland, Wash.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Alfreda Dore and Effie Lynch of Juneau, and his brother, Bill (and Pauline) Fleek of Seattle, and many nieces and nephews.
The family plans to bury his ashes in the Fleek family plot in Juneau.