TRAVERSE CITY — Benedict Stanley Fleis, age 96, of Traverse City, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Bortz Health Care of Traverse City.
Benedict was born March 21, 1916, to Paul and Katherine (Cygn) Fleis in Traverse City. Benedict joined the Army during World War II. He was with the 101st Airborne Division, "The Screaming Eagles," and participated in the Seige of Bastogne and the Normandy Invasion.
He was a self-employed watch and clock repair technician, a farmer in Kingsley, and an attendant at the State Hospital. On May 1, 1971, he married Bertha A. (Wells) Orlaski in Traverse City at the First Church of the Nazarene. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post #2780 of Traverse City, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Munising in his youth, and enjoyed old cars, guns, and antiques.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bertha "Bea"; and son, Stanley (Marcie) Fleis of Kingsley. Children from a previous marriage include Monique (Kneal) Brownson of Traverse City, Larry (Marilyn) Fleis of Grawn, and Mark (Jane) Fleis of Buckley, and son-in-law Joe Morgan of Kinglsey. Also surviving are sisters, Dorothy Zimmerman of Cedar, and Virginia Brazes of Colorado; brother, Frank Flees of Cedar; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; son-in-law, Joe Morgan; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jacquelin Morgan; great-grandson, Nicolas Couture; brother-in-law, Bill Brazes; sister-in-law, Ruth Flees; niece Gloria Brazes; and brother-in-law Frank Zimmerman.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Covell Funeral Home, 232 E. State Street, Traverse City, with Military Honors presented. Visitation at the funeral home will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Friday beginning at noon. Interment in the spring will be at Solon Twp. Cemetery.
Memorial contributions appreciated to the Alzheimers Association for research through the Covell Funeral Home.