Gerald D. Flanagan, 90, retired USAF senior master sargeant, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 509 W. Magnolia, 76104 or The Fraternal Order of St. Peter, No, Am Hdqtrs, 119 Griffin Road, Elmhurst Township, Pa., 18444. Gerald Driscoll Flanagan was born April 15, 1923, in New York City, N.Y., to James and Carolyn Carmody Flanagan. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Corps, serving in World War II
and the Korean War
and Vietnam War
. As a member of the 452nd B.G., 8th Air Force, he took part in the Berlin Airlift, earned the Good Conduct Medal, The Air Campaign Medal for Europe, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star. While stationed in England he met and married Edna Marion Taylor. Edna was a vaudevillian entertainer, known as "Crackers the Clown" in both England and the U.S., and founding member of Cowtown Clown Alley. Gerald and Edna moved their family to Fort Worth in 1967 following his retirement from the Air Force and Gerald began a second career in quality control at then General Dynamics retiring in 1986. He was a faithful member and supporter of St. Mary Catholic Church. Gerald was preceded in death by Edna, his wife of 47 years. Survivors: Sons, Michael Flanagan and his wife, Cathy, John Flanagan and his wife, Christi; and grandchildren, Kevin, Sean and Sarah Flanagan, James and Caitlyn Flanagan.