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John Merlin (Jack) Florey


1930 - 2020
John Merlin (Jack) Florey Obituary
John (Jack) Merlin Florey

Sparks - Jack passed away December 27, 2019 in Sparks, NV. He was born March 6, 1930 to John & Mary Florey on the family farm in South Dakota. In 1949, he met and married Dorothy Beckner and they had 5 children. He joined the Operating Engineers Local 3 Union while working in South Dakota and in 1961 was offered a job as a crane operator in Sparks, NV. He was a proud union member for over 55 years, and he loved talking about the "picks" he made and the buildings he worked on, including setting the panels and the steel framing at Lawlor Events Center and the Reno Sparks Convention Center. After retiring in 1991, Jack & Dorothy enjoyed many years snow-birding in Casa Grande AZ and travelling to visit family in the Midwest.

Jack is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 70 years, sons Dennis (Laura), Duane (Alan) and Mike, and daughters Karen Wilson, Marla (Rick) Fortener, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sister Doris Sejnoha and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Orville, Derald, Arnold, Glen and Bill and sisters Bernice, Darlene and Betha.

At Jack's request, there will be no service at this time.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2020
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