FLECKENSTEIN, WILLIAM FREDERICK “FRED”, born in 1939 in Detroit to Charles and Marvel Fleckenstein and grew up along with older brother Charles Jr. “Chuck” in a beautiful home on Parkwood Drive in Huntington Woods and from where he attended Berkeley High School. Fred’s father Charles was a successful businessman and a pioneer of what has now become known as Management Consulting, Charles himself grew up in Johnstown Pennsylvania (among many Fleckensteins) where he was a champion swimmer and diver, proudly besting his rival, the great Johnny Weissmuller, on a number of occasions. Fred’s mother Marvel was a housewife and president of the prestigious local garden club. While Fred’s brother Chuck pursued art and architecture, Fred pursued hot rods. If one visited the Huntington Woods home, you’d notice Fred’s parents’ cars out on the driveway. The spacious two car garage was expressly reserved for Fred’s custom cars. Fred was a master at his craft, renowned car collector and legendary rock guitarist. Jeff Beck bought one of Fred’s hot rods and featured it prominently on one of his classic albums. Fred also was a passionate collector himself. Fred assembled an amazing collection of antique auto and railroad memorabilia most notably including golden era lead glass gas pump globes and rare railroad lanterns which he sourced across North America. Fred was also an avid local “car clubber”. To many, Fred will be remembered for his infectious cackling laugh and crazy sense of humor. Fred’s humor was there until the very end. He died peacefully at his home in Royal Oak attended by friends as was his wish. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Fred’s garden behind that Royal Oak home yielded bountiful produce over the years, he always boasted of his great tomatoes. Fred is predeceased by his parents and his brother Charles Jr. He is survived by his sister-in-law Agnes; by his nephews, Charles III (also “Chuck”) and John Fleckenstein; and niece Anne Benge. Funeral arrangements are set for noon Saturday January 17 at the Warner Memorial Church of God located at 1330 Paxton in Ferndale. www.kinsey-garrett.comPublished in Daily Tribune on Jan. 11, 2015+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 6 "Just came across this and I am sorry that I could not have..."- Gary St.Amour Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of William Fleckenstein Add a video + Photos View All Add + 2013 LGRS Open House Tour LGRS Meeting in August, 2013 LGRS Meeting in August, 2013 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailytribune/obituary.aspx?n=william-frederick-fleckenstein&pid=173790532