MICHAEL “MIKE” FLENNERY, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Mike is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Jeff Flennery; daughter, Amy Thompson (Ty); grandson, Mason Thompson; and his 4 siblings.
Visitation was on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 from 2pm to 6pm.
Michael Flennery was the Post Commander of the VFW #1421 in 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also the Quartermaster in 2010 and 2011, the Judge Advocate in 2011.
Mike Flennery passed away at the age of 67. Mike was published in The Waynedale News many times doing events for our Local Veterans. In one of The Waynedale News postings it said the following, “When spoken about the annual parade it was said, ‘It’s not about us, it is about our veterans,’ per Mike Flennery, Commander of VFW Kekionga Post #1421”.
Flennery was a lifetime member of the VFW Post located at 7712 Bluffton Road, here in Waynedale.
Mike was drafted into the Army and did his basics at Fort Knox, Kentucky in August of 1969. From basic training, including jump school, he was moved to the Central Highlands of Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne.
Flennery was honorably discharged from the Army in April of 1971 and began work at Ridenour Twins Service Station here in Waynedale. From Ridenours’ he moved to North American Van Lines as a diesel mechanic and in December of 1983 lead mechanic at the SWAC School District.
Mike said, “It is a privilege to serve all the people who watch and are involved in the parade, especially the Veteran’s, young and old.” “The support of all our citizens for the troops and the veterans is very gratifying. The looks on the faces of the very young is wonderful. Memorial Day is a great way to show our respect and gratitude to those who have given their all for our country.”
As our country continues to have soldiers overseas, it is fitting that we take a little time out of our lives to pause and give thanks for those men and women who have put themselves in harms way to protect the values and the freedoms we all enjoy everyday.
Mike Flennery always did what was needed and helped to raise money to be sure that the men and women who sacrifice for us to have our freedom were given all the care and the benefits and support that they needed. And Mike believed strongly that taking care of our veterans is part of our solemn duty as Americans.
Mike Flennery will be missed.