Joseph C. Flory86, WWII U.S. Navy veteran, Raymark retiree

By on August 10, 2011

Joseph C. Flory, 85, of Manheim, entered into rest Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy.

He was the son of the late Samuel Flory and Jennie Barnes Mattis. He was the loving husband of Anna W. Wetzel Flory, and they observed their 63rd wedding anniversary in December of 2010.

Joe worked at the former Raymark Industries, Manheim, for 40 years before retiring in 1988. Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 and witnessed Japan surrender in Sept. 2, 1945. He was a member of the Lake View Bible Church of Manheim, and he attended the former one-room Mount Vernon school in Rapho Township. Following retirement, Joe volunteered at the Lancaster County Office of Aging and for Meals on Wheels in the Manheim area. He was a lifetime member of the Manheim VFW Post 5956 and served as chaplain for Lancaster Navy Club 166.

Joe was a friendly fellow with a smile and a gift of gab for those he encountered along his way. He loved reminiscing about his Navy years, working in his garden and being a great pop-pop to his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son: Wayne Ray Flory, of Leola; a daughter: Leita A., wife of Charles F. Walker, of Manheim; a grandson: Chad, husband of Amy Walker, of East Petersburg; three great-grandchildren: Olivia, Scarlet and Jackson Walker; a brother: John H. Flory, of Middletown; and three sisters: Esther Gingrich, of Manheim; E. Jane Smith, of Mount Joy; and Fannie Mummau, of Virginia.

He was preceded in death by a grandson: Scott C. Walker; two sisters: Anna Mae Forwood and Ruth Myers; and a brother: Benjamin Flory.

Funeral services were held at Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, with Pastor John Collins officiating. Interment took place in Hernley Mennonite Cemetery, Rapho Township. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Joe’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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