LaVern “Tinker” Flury -- Rochester

October 12, 2018

LaVern “Tinker” Flury, 72, of Rochester, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at home.

He was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Marion Township, to Ernest and Hattie (McCaleb) Flury.

Tinker graduated from John Marshall High School in 1963. He joined the Navy in 1963, serving in the Vietnam War until 1966. Upon returning from Vietnam, he began a 33-year career with Rochester Public Schools. He was lead steward for the Teamsters Union at Rochester Public Schools. He served as past Commander of VFW Post 1215 and in the VFW Color Guard for many years.

Tinker married Sherry Grafe on Nov. 27, 1987, at Marion Church of Christ in Marion. The couple lived in Rochester.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry; his three children, Bindy Shay Flury Fachin, of Phoenix, Heather (Tony) Chrissis, of Farmington, and Don (Jennifer) Finley III, of Castle Rock, Colo.; and seven grandchildren, Alex, Andrew, Drake, Isabelle, Johnathan, AJ and Austin. He also is survived by his sisters, Ora Stoppel and Ethelyn “Sue” (Tom) Brogan; brother, Ernie (Becky) Flury; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

The memorial service for Tinker Flury will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with Chaplain Scott Chapman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Marion Cemetery.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.

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