In Memory of

Thomas Earl Flanigan

October 24, 1915 - February 20, 2011
Earl Flanigan, the son of Thomas and Mary (King) Flanigan was born October 24, 1915, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent on the family farm five miles south of Cherokee. He attended country school and following his schooling he enrolled at a Diesel Engineering School in Des Moines, IA. He later returned to Cherokee during the war to help his family with the farm. On November 21, 1942, Earl was united in marriage to Wilma Leckband in Cherokee, IA. Following their marriage they lived south of Cherokee on the family farm for a short time before moving to a farm northeast of Cherokee, where they farmed for over 60 years. Most recently, Earl was living at the Gardens in Cherokee. Earl was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. He was a man with strong faith who enjoyed farming, watching jeopardy, wheel of fortune, the news, and the weather. He enjoyed being around his family, and was always known to send birthday cards to all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. On February 20, 2011, Earl Passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee at the age of 95. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Flanigan; his wife, Wilma Flanigan in 1996; one son, Tommy Flanigan; one daughter, Elaine Flanigan; one sister' Ruth Streeter; and two great-grandchildren, Carrson and Autumn. Earl is survived by two daughters Kathleen LaFleur and her husband Don of Minot, ND, and Rosie Schlichting of Cherokee, IA; one son, Robert Flanigan and his wife Janice of Sioux City, IA; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Rupp of Marcus, IA; one brother, Harold Flannigan of St. Paul, MN; numerous nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception gymnasium
Father Armand Bertrand
Andy Schlichting Dan Schlichting Brendan Flanigan Donald LaFleur Tim LaFleur Brad LaFleur
Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home with a rosary to follow.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I will miss my Uncle Earl. The last time I saw him & Wilma was at Aunt Golda's 80th birthday party. We have been corresponding by mail ever since Aunt Wilma passed away & I enjoyed all his Christmas cards & letters so much & was amazed at how well he could type with one fingers. He was a wonderful & caring man & will be missed.”
- Verna M. (Leckband) Pucelik
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Thoughts and prayers are for the whole family!”
- Dawn VerBruggen
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob, and your entire family. I have always loved Mr. Earl.”
- Vicki Kilgore
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Kathy,Please allow my family to express our sympathies with you and your family. ”
- Neil Gush
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear this news. I prayed for a peaceful ending to his glorious life. I hope it was painless.....This man was very special in so many ways. I will miss him a great deal.”
- Susan Fitzpatrick
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