NEW SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Canfield United Methodist Church for Michael Flatley who died unexpectedly last Sunday, January 8.
Michael was born November 16, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, the youngest son of John and Martha Flatley.
Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles California where he attended Catholic school as a boy and was a child actor with Disney Studios. He was in many well-known shows such as Dennis the Menace, The Virginian, My Three Sons and the Disney movie “Follow Me Boys” with Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell.
He was a devout Los Angeles Dodger fan and also enjoyed cheering for the USC Trojans in football.
Upon meeting his wife CJ he was converted into the “Moser way” and became a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan. He had a great love of the outdoors, golfing with good friends and anything that put him on a river. The family spent many vacations white water rafting in North Carolina and tubing in California and Nevada. Mike was the one always willing to help and lend a hand. If you needed something his response was going to be “Absolutely, I would love to”.
After moving to Florida from California, Mike earned a BA and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Florida Gulf Coast University. He spent over 25 years working as a substance abuse and juvenile counselor. Mike always said there were many he could not help but he did it for those he could. Over the years he helped hundreds of people, young and old, who struggled with addiction. He was employed locally over the years by the Youngstown Juvenile Justice Center, Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, Valley Counseling and after retiring two years ago, he still worked part time at Crossroads group home in Farrell, Pennsylvania.
Mikes greatest passion and pride were his two children, Mikel and River. He spent countless hours with both and attended every sports event of theirs that he could. He would do anything for his children and saying he was a great dad would not nearly do it justice. He and CJ revolved their lives around the children. River and Mike regularly attended spring training in Florida to see their Dodgers in Vero Beach as well as the Red Sox and Twins in Ft. Myers. Mike attended any cross country, track or swim meet that he could and was so very proud of them both. He spent his last Saturday of life attending a high school swim meet of Mikel’s.
Michael will be sadly missed by his wife of 21 years, Carla (CJ) Moser-Flatley whom he married June 21, 1996. His children, Mikel Flatley and River Flatley at home, son Jeff Nash, Cape Coral, Florida and daughter Jennifer Seratzki-Finegan, Cocoa, Florida and grandson Cailin Nash, Ft. Myers, Florida. His mother-in-law, Evelyn Moser of Canfield and six loving brothers and sisters along with CJ’s two sisters and brother, John (Jeannie) Flatley, Hilo, Hawaii, Terry (Virginia) Flatley, Santa Barbara, California, Nancy Flatley Morris, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Patrick (Judy) Flatley, Sr., Santa Maria, California, Dennis Flatley, Santa Maria, Kathleen Flatley (Joe) Healey, Healdsburg, California, Elva Moser, Bloomfield, New Jersey, Scott Moser, Livingston, Tennessee, Jill Herock (Larry), Canfield, Ohio and Luanne Clever, Littleton, Colorado. Many nieces and nephews will miss their beloved Uncle Mike.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Martha and John and his father in-law, Carl Moser.
Family and friends may call from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 16 at the church prior to services.
The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to Mikel and River’s college fund, c/o The Michael Flatley Children Fund which has been set up at Huntington Bank, 10409 Main St., New Middletown, Ohio 44442.
Arrangements have been handled by Lane Family Funeral Homes.
A television tribute will air Thursday, January 12 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.