YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Richard J. Flora, 89, passed away Wednesday evening, December 20, 2017 at Meridian Arms, following a long and active life.
Richard was born July 25, 1928, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Antoinette Celio Flora and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1947 graduate of Chaney High School, where he earned several letters playing basketball, baseball and football, the latter as the quarterback of the varsity team.
He later played Triple-A baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in Moultrie, Georgia.
Dick was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War from 1952-1954 and he received the Bronze Star for his service.
He worked as a carpenter for more than 60 years, working out of Carpenters Union Local Number 171.
A generous man, Dick was an active member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, volunteering his time and talents to many parish activities and fundraisers throughout his life and he enjoyed helping others with home improvement projects.
He also enjoyed fishing, being with family and friends and he loved being with his grandkids, especially vacationing with them at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Mr. Flora leaves his loving wife, Rita M. Agnone Flora; two sons, Mark (Debora) Flora and Gregory Flora, each of Youngstown and four grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Nails” for being “as tough as nails”, Kevin (Tammy), Corrin (Phil), Michael and Christopher.
A sister, Stella D’Eramo is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, at the funeral home and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Avenue, Youngstown.
Dick will be laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at a later date.
Mr. Flora’s family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s name to the St. Brendan Church Memorial Fund.
Dick’s family thanks the staff at Meridian Arms for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Flora during his time there.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolences online to Mr. Flora’s family.
A television tribute will air Monday, December 25 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.