Elmer Clark Flanary
June 8, 1932 - Dec. 14, 2013
Elmer Clark Flanary, 81, of Excelsior Springs, formerly of Harrisonville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Liberty Hospital, Liberty. Funeral services were Dec. 18 at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville.
Elmer was born two miles west of Harrisonville on June 8, 1932. He was the eldest son of Elbert Carr and Amanda Marie (Jones) Flanary. Elmer was raised on a farm in rural Cass County and at the age of seven, started going to work with his father on a thrashing crew. By the age of nine, he was running the machinery. His pride and joy as a boy was his team of goats. He made the goats a harness and taught them to pull. As he grew, he also helped his father with the farming and the saw mill. He came to know the lord at the age of 14 and was baptized in Grand River, not far from Grand River Baptist Church. He attended Harrisonville High School. After high school, he bought a stock truck and started a trucking business. His best known truck was the one that read, Shake, Rattle and Roll.
He was united in marriage to Wilma Gail Roberts on July 28, 1951, at First Baptist Church in Harrisonville with Rev. George C. Monroe officiating. Elmer served in the Army from Nov. 7, 1952, until Nov. 6, 1954, and after his discharge, he started farming and working pipeline construction. He tore out fences to make room for the new Western Electric Facility and also sowed grass. He also had worked for Water District No. 4 and for the Cass County Road and Bridge Dept. He was best remembered for his outgoing personality, his sense of humor, and his story telling. After retirement, he started a pulling track for garden tractors. Elmer and Wilma moved to Excelsior Springs in 2004. His greatest joy was raising their four girls.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Dolly Pulliam and Hazel Middaugh, two brothers, Pete Flanary and Jack Flanary, and a grandchild, Gabrielle Ketchum.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Flanary, of the home; four daughters, Connie Ketchum and companion, Dave Bush, Freeman, Cathy Jo Ginnings and husband, Dale, Excelsior Springs, Carrie Wilson, Freeman, and Carli Flanary and companion, Chris Butler, Freeman; an extended daughter, Susan Figg, Garden City; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elberta Gardener, Shirley Henry and Lois Knibb and a brother, Lyle Bud Flanary, all of Harrisonville, and many other relatives and friends.
Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.