HARRISBURG, Pa. - F. Glenn Fleming, supervisor and owner of Koch Funeral Home in State College, Pennsylvania, and owner and president of John B. Brown Funeral Home in Huntingdon, Pa., has been elected as president of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA). He was installed as president of the statewide organization at the Board of Governors banquet on June 12 at the Hotel Hershey in conjunction with the 132nd annual PFDA Convention and Expo. This year the Koch Funeral Home is celebrating 100 years of dedicated service to the Centre County region in Pennsylvania and surrounding communities.
PFDA is the professional society of funeral directors and funeral homes in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1881, it is composed of approximately 1,100 funeral homes operating in Pennsylvania, representing more than 3,500 licensed funeral directors statewide. PFDA is one of the oldest and largest state funeral director associations in the United States.
Fleming served two terms as the District 4 Governor and held the offices of secretary/treasurer and president-elect on the PFDA Board of Governors. He serves on numerous PFDA committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee, Grievance Committee, Cremation Committee, Policy Committee and the Forms Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science, and is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, International Order of the Golden Rule and Cremation Association of North America.
Fleming attended Virginia Military Institute, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He holds an associates degree and a mortuary science degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and has been a licensed funeral director in the state of Pennsylvania for more than 49 years.
Fleming has always been respected and admired in his community. Early in his career he was a charter member of the Hollidaysburg Jaycees, holding many positions on the board, and served as president. He served five years on the Finance Committee and became president for the Hollidaysburg YMCA. Shortly after relocating to the Centre County region, Fleming served on the board of directors and as the president of Easter Seals, where he was the honorary recipient of the Brace for an Ace Award. This award is given to individuals who go above and beyond outstanding volunteer service on behalf of people in their communities with disabilities. He was a board member for the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra where he served as vice president and president. He is currently a member of the State College Kiwanis Club where he has held various board positions and was the Holiday Basketball Tournament Chairman for 17 years. He received the George F. Hixon Award, which is Kiwanis International Foundation's highest honor. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate strong support and service to their community. Fleming has always believed in giving back to his community and lives that philosophy daily. In 1913 the Koch philosophy was neighbor helping neighbor and Fleming has continued to carry on their dream.
Fleming and his wife, Margery, have lived in State College since 1973. They have two children, Stephen Fleming of State College and daughter Rebecca Fleming of Evergreen, Colo. They have four grandchildren.