Richard Flora, 93

Richard “Dick” Harkness Flora, 93, went home to be with his Lord on Sept. 16, surrounded by his beloved wife of 73 years and all of their children. He was born in Wabash County on Jan. 30, 1921 to Richard Donaldson Flora and Edna Lou (Harkness) Flora.  He was their only child. 

Dick grew up on a farm on “the prairie” near Richvalley, where his parents instilled in him honesty, integrity, and the value of hard work. He graduated from Somerset High School in 1939. Soon after high school, he moved to Indianapolis, where he met Martha Brown in November of 1940. It was only she who could capture his heart, and they were married on July 3, 1941. They moved to Wabash County four years later. He began a farm drainage business soon after, installing clay farm tile in hundreds of farm fields in the surrounding area.  In 1970, he, along with his son and brother-in-law, started Hiz, Inc., a hardwood products manufacturing company in Wabash. He continued to work in the business until the early 90’s. His character, integrity, sense of humor, strong work ethic, and respect for others endeared him to those who knew him.  His love for his Lord, love for his family, and great love and respect for his wife made Dick a tremendous role model for his children and grandchildren, and he likely influenced others to choose those life priorities.

Dick always enjoyed fishing, hunting mushrooms, and spending time with his friends and his family. He also thoroughly enjoyed watching IU basketball. 

Being a man of strong faith, the Church became a major element of his life.  He served as an elder at The Church of Christ at Treaty for many years and also taught an adult Sunday School class.  Later, while living near Warsaw, he was a member of Warsaw Christian Church.  Returning to Wabash, he has been a member at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ for the past several years

Surviving are his wife, Martha, Peabody Retirement Center; his four children, Diana Minnick, Bloomington, Rick (Claudette) Flora, Fishers, Kathy Jackson, Frontenac, Kan, Pam (Tim) Roberts, Wabash; six grandchildren, Shelley (Minnick) Helton, Chad Camp, Jenny Whitney, Cory Roberts, Jason Flora, Derrick Flora; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jamie Roberts, and a son-in-law, David Minnick.

In support of medical education, Mr. Flora chose to donate his body to The Anatomical Education Program of the Indiana University School of Medicine, after which burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Please join his family in honoring and celebrating Dick Flora’s life.  Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 at the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, Wabash. A Celebration of Life service will follow, beginning at 12 p.m.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Autism Involves Me, Box 866, Bentonville, AR 72712 and/or The Indiana Hemophilia Foundation, 5172 E 65th St., Suite 105, Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Envelopes for donation will be provided at the services for those attending.

Posted on 2014 Sep 19