Ray Flanders 1930-2018
Raymond L. Flanders, 87, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at his home in Topeka.
He was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Soldier, the son of Clarence A. and G. Maye (Scheidegger) Flanders.
Ray grew up in the Circleville area, attending Kiwonka School and graduating from Holton High School in 1948. He married the love of his life, Beverly Sharrai, on March 24, 1951, in Holton. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before Beverly passed on Dec. 18, 2016.
Ray was in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He operated Flanders 66 gas station from 1956 to 1962. He worked at various car dealerships in the 1960s and 1970s, including Dale Sharp Pontiac Cadillac as a salesman. He worked at Whelan’s, selling vinyl siding, windows and fencing, retiring in 1992. After retirement he and Ben Ashley installed vinyl siding from 1992 to 2004.
He was a kind and generous man that would help anyone who needed it, including giving them the shirt off his back.
Ray is survived by his son, Steve (Diane), of Topeka; his grandchildren Katrina, Austin and Randy; his brothers, Richard (Shirley) of Topeka and Kenny (Virginia) of Haysville; and many nieces and nephews. Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, George, in 1929; and brothers John (Jack) in 2002 and Paul in 1985.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment with military honors will follow in Olive Hill Cemetery west of Holton. He will lie in state at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com