Devoted husband, father and grandfather, "Poppy" was called to his heavenly home Friday, April 8, 2011. He was 71, born Feb. 23, 1940, in New Orleans, where he resided until relocating to Baton Rouge following Hurricane Katrina. Visiting at St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St. George Drive, on Monday, April 11, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Entombment in the church mausoleum. He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Beverly Selzer Flauss; daughter, Jo Anne Flauss Street and husband Stephen Street; son, Stephen Joseph Flauss; six grandchildren, Sarah, Aaron, Andrew and Emily Street and Elizabeth and Haas Flauss; brother, Robert Joseph Flauss and wife Jo Ann Selzer Flauss; sister-in-law, June Mary Selzer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Elaine Flauss; and parents, Emile Haas Flauss and Camille Chaplain Flauss. The family will be forever grateful to Charles "Richie" Barber for his love, compassionate care and friendship. After graduating as valedictorian of Cor Jesu High School in 1958 and receiving the Bell Aerospace Science Award, Emile attended Loyola University in New Orleans on a full academic scholarship, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in physics in 1962. While there, he served in the Louisiana Air National Guard. He then pursued a master's degree in theoretical physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before embarking on a 39-year career in the aerospace industry, including the Apollo program at Boeing Aerospace, the hovercraft development program with Bell Aerospace, and the space shuttle program with Lockheed Martin Aerospace. He was recognized for excellence in his achievements throughout the years. Emile was a man of faith and enjoyed serving as an altar boy at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in New Orleans and as a head usher at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge where he considered it a privilege to be involved in the prayer ministry. He adored his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, loved a good family party, spending time in the Smokey Mountains, fishing and gardening, especially amaryllis, having served as a president of the Men's Amaryllis Club. His last words of wisdom were, "You can't say I love you enough." In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The family also wishes to thank St. Joseph Hospice and Dr. Freddy Abi-Samra for their kind and loving care. Please visit the guestbook at www.2theadvocate.com to share any thoughts or memories.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2011