|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1927|
|Death: ||Sep., 2005|
ROBERT LEE-- R.L. Flanagan was born on October 3, 1927 in Comanche, Texas to Charles Aubrey Flanagan and Rosa Lena Scott Flanagan. He was the youngest of 3 children and was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Glen Aubrey Flanagan, and a granddaughter, Alaina Renea Maxcey.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Marie Flanagan; his sister, Mary Nell Salter of Comanche; two daughters, Margaret Lehr and husband, Richard of Odessa, TX and Renea Maxcey and husband, Wade of Iraan, TX; and one son, Randy Flanagan and wife, Camille of Robert Lee, TX. Grandchildren include John and Ellen Lehr of Odessa, Kagan and Weston Maxcey of Iraan, and April, Casey, and Cole Flanagan of Robert Lee, TX and San Angelo; one great granddaughter, Aubrey Nichols; and Aunt Coleta Fenley of Robert Lee. R.L. is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family especially wants to acknowledge Clay Allen for the support and love shown by him during R.L.’s long illness.
R.L. went to school in Comanche County and he graduated from Comanche High School at age 17, in 1944. At that time he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to San Diego for basic Training. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946. After leaving the Navy, R.L. went to work for the Texas National Guard. Then in 1955, he entered Game Warden school for the Game and Fish Commission. Upon completion of this program, R.L. and family were sent to Lake Buchanan.
In 1959, R.L. and family transferred to Ballinger, Texas, where Margaret and Randy started school. Renea was born in 1962 and that year the family moved to Robert Lee where R.L. and Evelyn have lived for 43 years. R.L. retired from the Parks and Wildlife Department of 1985.
After retirement, he became a guide on Lake Spence, found more time for arrowhead hunting, and participated in numerous other hobbies. Always an avid outdoorsman he still holds the record for largest striped bass caught at Lake Spence, 35 pounds, 2 ounces. John Wayne was his movie hero, he loved to read about the Old West and was an avid reader of Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour novels.
He was known for his sense of humor and his sense of fairplay. He collected arrowheads and artifacts from childhood on and became quite knowledgeable on the types of arrowheads and their uses. He loved to show people his collection and talk about fishing, hunting and sports. He was often disgusted with the Dallas Cowboys, but he watched them anyway.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at VistaCare Hospice, especially Sharon, Terri and Susie, for the special care given to R.L. during his illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to VistaCare Hospice or a favorite charity.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2005 at the Robert Lee Cemetery. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
(Odessa American obituary)
Note from JBT:
RL's son, Randy lived as a next door neighbor to me for several years and saw RL many times. His family as a whole was the greatest. I enjoyed his grandchildren very much. I couldn't ask for better neighbors.
Evelyn Flanagan (1930 - 2007)*
Robert Lee Cemetery
Created by: JBT
Record added: Sep 10, 2005
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