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Frank L. Flanigan obituary, Indiana, 1963
Posted by: Maureen Simmons (ID *****2315) Date: April 19, 2003 at 23:22:50
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Columbus, Indiana newspaper obituary
March 14, 1963

Frank L. Flanigan, local funeral director here for more than 54 years and community leader, died early Thursday morning in Fort Lauderdale By-the-Sea, where he had retired six years ago. Mr. Flanigan, a native of Bartholomew County, was 89. He had been in ill health for two years.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Tuesday at the Barks and Inlow Funeral Home conducted by Dr. James Stoner. Burial will be at Garland Brooks Cemetery. Casket will be open at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Flanigan, a well known figure in the community, began work as a mortician when he joined his father-in-law, John D. Emmons in 1903. In 1913, he and Norval Hege went into partnership. Twenty-six years later, on the death of Mr. Hege, Homer Hull and Wayne Reed joined the firm. In 1949, Mr. Hull dropped his interest in the funeral home and it was known as Flanigan and Reed until 1956, when Mr. Flanigan sold his busines to Mr. Reed. He retired to Florida in 1957.

A charter member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Flanigan was a 50-year Mason, a member of St. John?s Blue Lodge 20 Council and Commandery and the Scotish Rite and Shrine Temple, both of Indianapolis. Also, Kiwanis, of which he was a member since 1921, and a member of the Modern Woodman lodge for over 50 years. A life member of the Elks Club, he was twice elected exalted ruler, a trustee for the state association and a past district deputy for central Indiana.

He was a member of the First Christian Church.

Mr. Flanigan was born in Clay Township on Dec 26, 1873. His parents were A. C. (Andrew Conner) and Catherine Blessing Flanigan. His father was a veteran of the Civil War.

He attended rural schools and went to the former Hope normal school, graduating in 1896. He taught school for a few years and clerked in a clothing store. A member of the city school board, Mr. Flanigan was a deputy coroner for two years and a deputy sheriff for three years.

In 1900 he married the former Miss Grace Emmons, who died in 1935. In 1937, he married Mrs. Lucy May, who survives.

Surviving with the wife is a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Vosteen of Goshen; a sister, Mrs. Abbie Burnett of Caldwell, Idaho; a brother, William Flanigan of Stockton, California; a half-brother, Thomas Flanigan of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; a half-sister, Mrs. Catherine Fairbanks of Summers, Arkansas; and a grandson, Bill Vosteen.


Thomas Flanigan of Elizabethtown, KY, was my grandfather. Frank Flanigan was my father's Uncle Frank. I have researched several generations of information about the Flanigans in this branch, but would like to know more about Frank's siblings.

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