Orval Flannery, Jr., 75

Published 11:37am Monday, May 27, 2013

Born: July 16, 1937

Died: May 23, 2013

Orval Flannery, Jr., 75, of Niles, Mich., died at 11:27 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born on July 16, 1937 in Niles to Orval “Mike” and Florentine Elizabeth (Phillips) Flannery, Sr. He was graduated from Niles High School, and lived here all of his life.  He served in the United States Army during peacetime.  He was a machinist in area tool & die shops, most recently for several years at the former Hess plant in Niles.

Orval enjoyed fishing on area lakes and on Lake Michigan, but his greatest devotion was to his family.

He was first married to Sharon Willets.  Later, on May 27, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada he married the former Anne E. Bausor, who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Diane Flannery and Michael (and Robin) Flannery, both of Niles; grandchildren Michael Flannery, Jr., Bruce Fergison, Jr., Matt Flannery, Susan Flannery and Dokota Flannery; great-grandchildren Brianna Flannery and Xander McClain; Orval’s sister-in-law, Karen (Mrs. Ronald) Flannery of Niles and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Duane Flannery, and Orval’s brothers, Kenny, Tom, and Ronald Flannery.

A Memorial Mass for Orval Flannery will be celebrated at a later date at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Edwardsburg, Michigan by the Rev. Joe McCormick, O.S.A. of the parish, and will conclude in the churchyard with a flag presentation and “Taps” by the United States Army Honor Guard.  Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

Contributions in memory of Orval may be made to Hospice at Home.  Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.


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