Ronald K. Flannery / Aug. 24, 1940 – Dec. 20, 2009

Published 10:33am Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ronald K. Flannery, 69, of Spruce Street in Niles died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 24, 1940 in Niles to Orval Flannery and Florentine Elizabeth (Phillips) Flannery. He graduated from Niles High School in 1959 and lived in Niles all his life. He married Karen (Price) Ingram on March 31, 1972 in Niles.

He retired in 2000 from Garden City Fan, where he was employed for more than 25 years. He was a craftsman, working at home in wood, with a special interest in jewelry boxes, which he sold at craft shows. In previous years, he enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Penny Flannery of Bloomington, Ind., Sandee Brumley of Muncie, Ind.; son, Kenneth (Karen) Ingram of Niles; grandson, Bryce Flannery, who resided with Ron and Karen; nine other grandchildren, including Daisha Ingram of Mishawaka, Kayla Ingram, Brittany Flannery, Blake Flannery, Tristin Flannery, Adam Brumley, Danielle Brumley, Thomas Brumley; one great-grandson; a brother, Orval (Anne) Flannery of Niles; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by a son, Craig Flannery, who died in 1992; and brothers, Thomas Flannery, who died in 2008, and Kenneth Flannery, who died in 2005.

The family is gathering privately Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.

Burial will be held at Smith Chapel Cemetery in Niles.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Berrien County Cancer Service.

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