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Fleek, George Elroy "Sonny"

by Patricia (Fleek) Varness, Robert Fleek & Ann Fleek

George Elroy “Sonny” Fleek, the son of George and Elizabeth Berg Fleek was born January 6, 1913 in Douglas, Alaska. In 1917, the family moved to Miami, Arizona and later to Inspiration, Arizona. On July 22, 1933, Sonny married Sylvia Martha Johnson in Phoenix, daughter of John and Elena Kytomaki Johnson. Sonny and Sylvia had five children: William Elroy, Beth Elaine, Vadra Janis, Richard Berg and Sylvia Jean.

In June 1936, the family moved to Douglas, Alaska. The Douglas fire of 1937 destroyed their rented home. Sonny built three homes on Fifth Street in Douglas, and later contracted for a triplex at Third and G in Douglas where Sylvia still lives.

At one time, Sonny co-owned and operated the Alaskan Cab Company and the Trailways Bus Line between Douglas and Juneau. He also served as Maintenance Chief for the City of Douglas from 1956 to the time of his death in 1974. A Resolution (No. 321) Dedicating the Robert Savikko Park and Recreation Area Flag Pole Installation as a Memorial to Elroy “Sonny” Fleek was adopted June 19, 1975.

Sonny died August 16, 1974 in Seattle, Washington. He is buried in the Douglas Eagles Cemetery.

George Elroy "Sonny" Fleek, Douglas, Alaska.

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