Evan A. Flory, 90, Army vet, NH Machine welder, daughter’s caretaker, avid reader

By on July 25, 2018

Evan A. Flory, 90, formerly of Reamstown, passed away due to cancer on Friday, July 20, 2018, at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz.

Evan was born in East Cocalico on Dec. 15, 1927, to Dallas Flory and Mary Elizabeth (Weber) Flory. He was the loving husband of the late Fern L. (Steely) Flory of Denver, a marriage that lasted 60-plus years until her death in 2009.

He was raised on a farm during the depression era and always said that although they were dirt poor while growing up, they never had to go without food or a roof over their heads. His appreciation for farms and the farm life never left him. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as a welder, welding farming equipment at New Holland Machine Company for many years until he retired at age 58 after having quadruple bypass surgery.

Evan spent a significant part of his life caring for his severely handicapped daughter, Teresa. People often remarked how he and his wife Fern managed to care for Teresa in such a way and length of time that few others could ever do.

He was an avid reader, loved dogs, caring for his house, helping others, and chatting with friends and family. He was an amazingly independent guy who resided in the house that he built in the late 1950s until just a few weeks before his death. He lived a simple life, never complaining or wanting for much.

Surviving are his son: Kevin Flory, husband of Debra (Keene) of Lancaster; granddaughter: Kristin (Flory) Duca, wife of Mike Duca of Pittsburgh; grandson: Kyle Flory of Lancaster; and great-grandson: Gavin Duca, also of Pittsburgh. Also surviving is Evan’s sister: Betty Jane (Clark) of Ephrata.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Evan was predeceased by his daughter: Teresa Lynn Flory; and two brothers: George Daniel and Silas Posey Flory.

Friends may call at the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, 100 W. Main Street, Ephrata, on Friday, July 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow the calling hours at 11 a.m. Interment will take place following the service at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 531 N. State St., Ephrata.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Evan’s name to the Cancer Research Institute 29 Broadway, 4th Floor New York, NY 10006-3111, or cancerresearch.org.

To leave condolences, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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