Monday, January 4, 2010

Francis Robert Flora


Francis Robert Flora, 83, Ottawa, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Overland Park Regional Hospital in Overland Park. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. He was born July 9, 1926, in Menomonie, Wis., to Noah Henry Flora and Mary (Rockwell) Flora.

He lived a majority of his life in the Ottawa area.

He was employed at Buildex, owned his own floor covering service and also worked five or six years for Crooks Floor coverings and 11 years for Nitcher Floor Service.

Later, he and his wife worked for the Corps of Engineers as gate attendants and camp ground managers, the first year at Kanapolis Lake and then nine years at Pomme de Terre in Missouri, retiring in 1997.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed reading and watching the “Duke”, John Wayne. He was an avid collector of Indian trinkets.

He married Betty Pauline Jones July 15, 1944, at Menomonie, Wis. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include five daughters, Wanda Crooks and her husband, Dick, Ottawa, Carol Beckner and her husband, Ken, Belen, N.M., Betty Archer and her husband, Wayne, Ottawa, Marg Dunkin and her husband, Dale, Ottawa, Kathy Miller and her husband Calvin, Ottawa; a son, David Flora and his wife, Joanna, Ottawa; two brothers, Kenneth Flora, Covington, Ohio, and Robert Flora, Pleasant Hill, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Elizabeth and Noah Henry Flora; a daughter, Mary Frances Flora; four brothers, Harvey, Earl, Donald and Carl Flora; a sister, Hazel Flora; and a grandson, Darrin Crooks.

Inurnment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to American Lung Association in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067.

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