Orville Arthur "Art" Flagor passed away peacefully at Pelican Pointe Assisted Living with his family at his side Feb. 16, 2013.
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Art was born Jan. 18, 1935, in Dallas, Texas, to Orville and Neva (Bailey) Flagor. His parents relocated to Meridian, Calif., very early in Art's life and it is where he spent his childhood. He attended school and graduated from Sutter Union High School, where he began courting his sweetheart Alicia Rae Hall, whom he married in 1954. The couple first moved to Klamath Falls in 1958 with their two eldest children and it is where their last two children were born. The family moved back to California twice before permanently settling in Klamath Falls in 1987.
Art worked in agriculture most of his life, including jobs at Weyerhaeuser Co. and driving the milk delivery truck for the ND (Kucera) Dairy. He owned and operated his own dairy in Elk Grove, Calif., for many years while raising his children. He was on the California State Milk Advisory Board and a district director for the Western Dairy Association. Most recently, he was a tractor and equipment salesman for Floyd A. Boyd Co., where he medically retired. He also was your friendly "greeter" at Wal-Mart for the past seven years.
Art was well known for his great sense of humor; he was quick with a joke and was happiest when he was making others laugh and smile. His family has always said "Art never met a stranger." Even after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, he retained that sense of humor and frequently "entertained" other patients and the staff at the cancer treatment center while undergoing his chemotherapy treatments.
He is survived by Alicia, his wife of 58 years; their children and grandchildren Wayne and Michele Flagor and their children Elizabeth, Devin, Karlie, Christina and Lorri; Kelly and Rae Ann Campbell and their children Rachel and Ben Moody and Kelly Ben and Tiffany Campbell; Dave and Kacie Flagor and their children Alyssa, LynnyMae and David "Buddy"; great-grandchildren Breanne, Joshua, Jonathan, Kimberly, Michael, Rylan, Lorri and Grayson. Art has family still living in California, including two brothers Mel and LeRoy and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Lynn, his sisters Cherie and Fay and his parents.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd at 2680 Memorial Drive in Klamath Falls. A reception will follow. The family plans to have Art's remains buried in Sutter, Calif., at a later date.
If you would like to give a gift in memory of Art, please send it to Cancer Treatment Center c/o Sky Lakes Foundation at 2865 Daggett Ave, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.
Published in Herald And News on Feb. 21, 2013