FLESHER FAMILY PLOT
Don Sander Flesher, Sr.
VAN ALSTYNE - Don S. Flesher Sr., 88, passed away at the
Meadowbrook Nursing Home on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. He was born on Oct.
2, 1921, in Mantua to James Montrose and Viola (Shell) Flesher and was
the first of their 4 children.
Don grew up as a farmer's son and during his high school years,
he worked at Fox-Fanning Funeral Home in Van Alstyne where he found his
career calling. He went to the Dallas School of Embalming and earned his
funeral director/embalmer license in 1942. After graduation, he went to
work for Hartwig Funeral Home in Ft. Worth where he worked until entering
the U.S. Navy in September of that year.
His tenure in the U.S. Navy was as a Chief Pharmacist's Mate aboard
the U.S.S. Boreas which was a refrigerator ship that carried food supplies
to our forces in the South Pacific theater during World War II. When he
left the Navy, he returned to the profession he loved and went to work
for Guardian Funeral Home in Ft. Worth. Later, he moved his employment
to Crouch-Moore Funeral Home in McKinney. On Jan. 1, 1953, he bought the
funeral home in Van Alstyne where he first started out and it became known
as Fox-Flesher Funeral Home. In September of that very same year, the name
was changed to Flesher Funeral Home. Don was awarded his doctor of mortuary
science degree on July 12, 1965.
Don was a member of the First Methodist Church of Van Alstyne and
a member of Mantua Masonic Lodge as well as the Shrine Temple. His community
involvement included many awards and acknowledgments for contributions
and support plus membership in civic organizations such as Lions Club,
area Chambers of Commerce, and was a Justice of the Peace.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, W.D. Flesher;
and sister, Joyce Allen. Survivors include sons, Don S. Flesher Jr. and
wife Ileana of Van Alstyne; Clay S. Flesher of Sedalia; granddaughters,
Kristin Boyd and husband Chris of McKinney; Heather Boyd and husband Brad
of Van Alstyne; Samantha Flesher of Las Vegas, Nevada; Stephanie Flesher
of Euless; Dakota Flesher of Van Alstyne; step-grandson, Alex Vierra of
Las Vegas, Nevada; great-grandchildren, Ella Rose and Kayden Bradley Boyd
and Bradley Max Boyd; one sister, Evelyn McGuffee of Ft. Worth; and one
sister-in-law, Jessie Flesher of McKinney; plus several nieces, nephews,
and many cousins.
Visitation is scheduled for from 6 -8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Funeral
services are to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Flesher Funeral
Home Chapel in Van Alstyne. Officiating the services will be Bob Layman,
Gary Gibbs, and Tom Middleton. Interment will follow at Van Alstyne Cemetery.
The Herald Democrat, November 6, 2009
J. Montrose Flesher
PVT US ARMY
William D. Flesher