By Lasca Randels
CLAYPOOL — Marvin Flanery of Claypool was honored as Veteran of the Month at the Kosciusko County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Flanery was born in Floyd County, Ky., on Feb. 5, 1950, to Creed & Barbara Flanery. He had 12 brothers and sisters.
The family moved to Silver Lake in 1963 when he was 12 years old.
Flanery attended Silver Lake Schools until June 1966 and was part of the last 9th grade class to attend school there.
He then attended Warsaw High School and graduated from there in 1969.
Flanery enlisted in the U.S. Air Force the day after he graduated from high school. Soon afterward, he headed to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training.
He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Evans, on Nov. 1, 1969. Sandra traveled the U.S. with him as a military spouse.
Flanery was then sent to Chanute AFB in Illinois.
After graduating from tech school, his first duty assignment was at Grissom AFB near Kokomo — 30 miles from home.
Flanery then served on a one year tour to Thailand in 1972.
Following his year in Thailand, he returned to the U.S. and spent the next seven and a half years at K.I. Sawyer AFB in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
From there, Flanery had a three-year tour at Offutt AFB in Nebraska.
His last duty assignment took him back to Michigan where he spent his final six and a half years at Wurtsmith AFB.
Flanery retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant with 21 years, three months and 25 days of service — numbers he has never forgotten.
He returned to Kosciusko County where he spent the next 19 years as an employee of Chore Time in Milford. He retired from Chore Time in 2010.
He and Sandra are the parents of two children, Rich and Ginger. They also have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Flanery’s daughter, Ginger Thompson, described her father as a hard worker and a family man who always put his family first.
“He always gave us the best he could. If we need help, he is there,” Thompson said. “He loves his six grandkids and three great-grandkids wholeheartedly and is proud of them all.”
Thompson said her father will never take full credit for his military service and will tell you that Sandra served just as he did.
“He always says that he could not have done it without her,” Thompson said. “He loves his home, his yard and most importantly, my mother. They have been married for almost 51 years. They are a true example of marriage.”
Flanery was presented with a plaque by county commissioners expressing gratitude for his service to our country.