Raymond Loring Flanner went home to be with the Lord, March 30, 2010 at 6:50 a.m.
He was born Oct. 21, 1917 at Stillwell, (Johnson County) Kan., the son of Hobart and Pearl (Green) Flanner.
He married Alice E. Benedict on Dec. 26, 1941 at her parents' home in rural Fort Scott.
He was a graduate of Stanley High School, class of 1934, after which he worked on the family farm for six years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 30th Reconnaissance Troop, 30th Division, enlisting in September 1940. Lt. Flanner served as a Unit Commander from D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge to VE Day in World War II, Feb. 12, 1944 to Aug. 5, 1945, and was awarded the Silver Star and the French Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) for gallantry in action. He was honorably discharged Aug. 5, 1945.
He owned and operated a dairy farm in the West Liberty area northeast of Fort Scott for 21 years. During this time, he also drove a milk truck and worked for KABSU, Kansas State University, for several years. He became a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Kansas City in 1957. Three years later he transferred to the Fort Scott Post Office and worked as Night Superintendent of Mails until retiring in 1980.
After retirement, he worked as a carpenter for his nephew, Darrell, at Winter Construction. His skills as a jack-of-all-trades were an invaluable asset to his children as he tirelessly worked side by side with them to ensure the success of Flanner's Owl Roost Restaurant until it was closed due to a fire in 1996.
He enjoyed volunteer work at West Liberty United Methodist Church, gardening at home, and traveling.
He was a faithful member of the West Liberty UMC for 70 years, serving as Sunday School Superintendent and Church Trustee. He was a 50 year member of Fulton Masonic Lodge, Violet Chapter No. 200, Order of the Eastern Star, and the VFW, also Rainbow Dad for Rainbow for Girls, and past member of White Shrine, Royal Arch Masons and American Postal Workers Union.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, of the home, and his children; Dr. Frank R. and Helen Flanner of Leavenworth, Kan.; Margaret Anne and Ed Fisher of Clarksville, Tenn.; Rev. Don R. and Joy Flanner of Kingman, Kan.; Rev. R. Dean and Mary Flanner of Springfield, Mo.; Janet E. and David Riggs, Tulsa, Okla.; Alena R. Hollingsworth, Tulsa, Okla.; Karl R. and Joyce Flanner of Fort Scott; and Karen A. Demm, Fort Scott, Kan. There are 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Margaret Bruce of Ephrata, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold; a sister, Elizabeth Winter, and a son-in-law, Vincent (Rufus) Demm.
Rev. Dean Flanner and Rev. Don Flanner will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, April 1, 2010 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the West Liberty United Methodist Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
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