Obituary: Carl Edward Flory

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1/20/1947 – 3/28/2024
Baldwin City

Carl Edward Flory (77) passed away on March 28, 2024 after sustaining injuries from a farm accident on the family farm.

Carl lived his entire life on the family farm in rural Baldwin City, and was born on January 20, 1947 to Alva Jacob Flory and Ethel “Goldie“ (Carpenter) Flory.

Carl graduated from Lawrence High School in 1965. He met his wife, Velma, at Allen’s Drive-In in 1969.

Carl married the love of his life, Velma Darlene (Holladay) Flory, on June 13, 1971 and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage together. They raised their children, Donna (Flory) Hughes and Dale Flory on their farm and ran a dairy for many years. Carl was still farming wheat and soybeans up until his death. He also enjoyed collecting Allis-Chalmers tractors and working on them. When people came over, he enjoyed showing them off.

He is survived by his wife, Velma, of the home, his daughter Donna (Todd) Hughes, Baldwin City, his son, Dale (Kirsten), Baldwin City, his brother A. Allen (Mickele) Flory, Eudora, and grandchildren Jacob Hughes, Taylor Flory and Carter Flory all of Baldwin City plus a large extended family.

Carl was a lifelong farmer, and worked alongside his Dad and brother and eventually took over the family farm. His love of God and his family, friends and community was evident in his handwritten notes, his drop by visits and storytelling. He always ended a phone call or a visit with the words “Be Careful.”

Visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 3 from 6-8pm.

The funeral service will be held at Worden Cornerstone Church on Thursday, April 4 at 10am with burial following at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. A luncheon reception will follow at Worden Cornerstone Church. The family requests “farmer casual” dress attire for the services.

Memorial Contributions may be made to BHS FFA, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

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