Larry Dale Flora, 82, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in Hays.

He was born Aug. 22, 1936, in Oshkosh, Neb., to Rev. George Flora and Genestia Foster Flora. As the son of missionaries he grew up in a small village 20 miles from the end of road in Liberia, West Africa. After returning to the states, his family settled in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he attended high school before going back to Nebraska at Midland College.

He married Bonita Bartels on Aug. 24, 1958. Moving to Northern California, he attended seminary and started his family. After serving for three years as a pastor, he felt called to serve his Lord in the secular world and so moved into sales, a job that allowed him to meet and share his faith with so many people.

He took an active role as father to his four children. He took them camping, taught them tennis, encouraged them to participate in community theater where he also took on occasional roles, and helped them understand that while life was not always fair, it was certainly worth living with a passion. He lived his passion every chance he go. He took his family canoeing down the rivers of Northern California. He could not get enough of boats.

He was an avid bridge player, eventually earning his Life Master Certificate. He was active in Cursillo, a Christian organization that strives to build and renew leaders within churches. He often helped lead weekend retreats for churches up and down California, getting his children involved as well, and thereby building up a strong faith in them. In 2009, he and his wife moved to San Marcos in Southern California. There he continued his passions by taking on roles in community theater, finding great bridge partners, and even playing the role of Santa Claus at various malls during the Christmas season.

In August 2018, he and his wife moved to Hays to be closer to family and celebrated their 60th anniversary. Survivors include his wife, Bonita Flora, Hays; his children, Renee’ and Neil Scheuerlein, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Melanie and Tim Folkerts, Hays, Stephen and Michelle Flora and Daniel Flora, Washington state; his siblings, Miriam and Virgil Plautz, Walnut Creek, Calif., Charles Flora, San Jose, Calif., Russell and Donna Flora , Ormond By the Sea, Fla., and Nita and Kent Mathews, Colorado Springs; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hays; a private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to My Brother’s Keeper Orphanage in Careysburg, Liberia West Africa in care of Trinity Lutheran Church.

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