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John Flory Jr.

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Flory Jr., John S. Passed away on August 17, 2014, at Bridgewater Retirement Community. He was born September 5, 1910, in Bridgewater, VA, the son of Dr. John S. Flory and Vinnie Mikesell Flory. He graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1928 and Bridgewater College (VA) in 1932. He later attended Northwestern University School of Commerce in Chicago and was a member of Phi Sigma Phi Fraternity. John was united in marriage July 29, 1943 to the former Helen Humphreys, the mother of his only child, Lynn Riner of Harrisonburg, VA. Helen preceded him in death in 1958. He was united in marriage on June 9, 1963 to the former Helen Crumpacker Flora, who died in 2005. Mr. Flory was an accountant, employed in Chicago by Franklin MacVeigh & Co. for several years and by Illinois Zinc Company (later known as Hydrometals, Inc.) from 1939 to 1958, serving as Controller-Secretary the last few years. In 1958, he moved to his home town Bridgewater, VA, where he engaged in a plow manufacturing business for the next five years. During this period, he was a member of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, served two terms as a member of Bridgewater Town Council and in 1960 served as President of Bridgewater's 125th Anniversary Association. He was also a member and past President of Bridgewater Rotary Club. In 1963, he returned to Illinois and was employed as a Controller with Don L. Dise, Inc., developer of Boulder Hill community. In 1985, he co-founded Primus Realty Corp. and served as President and Broker until 1991. He stepped down when Primus Realty joined Coldwell Banker and continued to serve as Director until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, and the Rotary Club of Bridgewater. He is survived by daughter, Lynn Riner of Harrisonburg, VA; stepson, Rev. Dr. James Flora (Ann) of Bridgewater, VA; grandchildren, John Riner (Jennifer), Meg Oncken (Frank); step-grandchildren, Steven Flora (Pam), Mark Flora (Corina), Jonathan Flora, Michael Flora (Patricia), Leslie Boyle (Mark); great-grandchildren, Adeline, John Henry, Lucy and Julia Riner, Eric and Andrew Oncken; nine step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Rainholt; and niece, Pamela Flory, both of Bridgewater, VA; and devoted friend, Lois Stover of Bridgewater. The family especially wants to thank the Bridgewater Home third floor residential staff for their loving care of John. He was a kind, thoughtful and generous man who would do anything for his family. He was often described as a true southern gentleman. In business and in life, he lived by a high set of morals and values that were evident in all he did. He was a true patriarch and pillar for his family who often leaned on him for guidance. The celebration of life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 21 at Lantz Chapel, Bridgewater Retirement Community. The family will receive friends after the service. Burial will be private. Memorials may be given to Bridgewater Retirement Community Resident Care Endowment Fund, 302 N. Second Street, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
Published in the Aurora Beacon News on Aug. 19, 2014
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