Paul R. Fleischacker, age 71, of Johnston, IA, died at home Thursday, March 20, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Paul was born July 15, 1942. He grew up in Des Moines, IA, and attended Dowling Catholic High School, graduating in 1960. Paul then attended Drake University, graduating in 1965.
At Drake, Paul studied actuarial science. Between high school and college, he studied at Conception seminary.
In 1965, he started his actuarial career with Stennis & Associates in Minneapolis. Then, for many years, Paul worked for Towers-Perrin, managing its actuarial consulting health care practice in Minneapolis, and transferring to New York City in 1989, to set up its first health care practice there.
He met his wife, Susan, in 1990, and they married in 1993. That same year, Paul accepted a position as chief actuary and vice president for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield of New York City. In 1998, he accepted the chief actuary and vice president position at High Mark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pittsburgh.
Paul retired in 2002, and resided in West Palm Beach, FL. He continued to be an involved actuary as a private arbitrator for the Actuarial Society of America.
Throughout his career, Paul moderated and co-authored a number of sessions on the health insurance industry for the society. As a longtime member of the Amerian Academy of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries, Paul served as vice chairman for the Academy and in both organizations, was an active member serving on committees, hosting sessions, and co-authoring reports.
Paul was appointed to the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline in 2008, and was elected chairman in January 2012. He returned to his home state of Iowa to be with his family, where he was residing at the time of his death.
Since childhood, Paul had a love of the outdoors, particularly lake fishing. From fishing with his siblings on Storm Lake in Iowa, to fourth and fifth generations of family spending quality time each summer at Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota, Paul and his former wife Brenda raised their children to love the outdoors and fishing. For 33 years, Paul was part of a motley fishing crew, the Rainy Lake Eight, that stormed the waters of Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota each spring.
Paul loved his family and friends. He was a staunch friend to all, always going out of his way to help and take care of others.
Paul is survived by his wife Susan; children David, Michael, Melissa, and Anita; his sister Marcia; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and deeply treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary; and a brother, Joe Leroy.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Des Moines, IA, with interment at Pine Hill Cemetery in Iowa.
There was visitation at the church Sunday evening, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. vigil.
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com