John David Fleming, 49, of Purcellville died unexpectedly at home on September 2. John was a good, hard-working, and humble man with a heart of gold; a loving and patient father and grandfather; a proud and decorated veteran; and a cherished and devoted husband, son, brother, and friend to many.
Born on March 11, 1969, John grew up on his family’s farm outside of Leesburg and lived in Loudoun County his entire life. He was the founder and owner of UCON Construction and also worked for Leo Construction for many years. He was known to many as “Backhoe John” or simply “Big John.”
John quietly did a lot to help others, and he loved and raised his stepchildren as his own. Fishing at the Outer Banks – particularly on Avon Pier – was his favorite thing to do. He also enjoyed working in his yard and garden, hunting and shooting, and spending time with his family and friends. John was a proud good ol’ boy through and through.
John served in the Virginia Army National Guard from 1991 to 1998, which included spending August 1996-June 1997 in Bosnia, where he served as an M60 Senior Gunner, Squad Leader, and was promoted to Corporal.
In addition to his honorable discharge from active duty, his military honors for outstanding service include the Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal With “M” Device, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge With Rifle Bar, Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge With Grenade Bar, and Expert Infantryman Badge.
John is survived by his wife Angel (Schneider) Fleming, son Ryan Fleming, father Jay Fleming (DuBose), sister Jeni Baker (Tim), brother Jason Fleming (Elizabeth), stepbrother Chris Krueger (fiancée Sarah), stepson Jonathan McKinnon (Emily) and son Matthew-John, and stepdaughter Savannah Coons, as well as by Allison DiRenzo, Ashly DiRenzo, Carol Miller, countless friends, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
John was an organ donor, and his gifts will help at least 72 people live better lives.
He was preceded in death by his mother Janet Fleming.
A service will be held on Friday, September 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home at 140 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. The service will be followed by a celebration of John’s life at the Blue Ridge Eagles Aerie 4368 at 120 East O Street in Purcellville.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to https://www.gofundme.com/john-fleming-family-fund.