Franklyn E. “Ed” Flake Franklyn Edward “Ed” Flake, 83, of Falling Waters died Sunday, March 13, 2022 at Berkeley Medical Center. Born in the city of Charleston, Illinois on May 17, 1938, he was the only child of the late Golden Allenbaugh Flake and Rita Nay Flake. He spent most of his formative years in Illinois learning the joys and hardships of farm life.
During the World War II years, he lived with his parents in Ruston, Louisiana at Louisiana Tech University while his father taught physics at the V12 Navy Officer Training Program. After World War II, he moved with his parents to Indianapolis, Indiana when his father accepted a teaching position at Purdue University in Indianapolis. He adapted well going from a farm kid to a big city kid.
He attended George Washington High School and graduated in 1956. He excelled in music and swimming. He was a lifeguard for many summers at Rhodius Park. He learned business skills while maintaining a paper route for the Indianapolis Star, once earning the distinction of meeting President Harry Truman due to being a leading newspaper carrier. His parents wanted him to be a scientist, but he knew his talents were in business.
He attended Purdue University, but transferred to Ball State University to be close to his future wife. As was common at that time, he married young and had four children when he was twenty-six.
After deciding to leave college, he entered a management training program with JC Penney. Over the years with several different retail companies, he rose to the level of Vice President. He also had a career in waste oil and water filtration, again rising to the level of vice president. He retired from Spirit Services in 2018. During his last years in business, he enjoyed mentoring young employees and nurturing long-term business contacts. One lesson he always emphasized was the importance of a good work ethic.
He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church where he served on several committees and sang in the choir. He was also involved in community theater and served as chairman of the board of his Home Owners Association. His greatest joys over the past few years have been making sure the community pool was running smoothly and that Santa Claus was there during the Christmas holidays to welcome the children of his community.
He is survived by his wife of forty years, Judy Barrett Flake; 7 children, Diana Eastridge (Lee Putman), Dennis Flake (Raquel), Dawn Kern (Chuck), Darrin Flake (Deborah), Kandi Shultz, Monica Shultz and James “Bo” Shultz (Leslie); sixteen grandchildren, Maria Sage, Adam Flake, Cassie O’Mahoney, Corie Klaustermeier, Chloe Gorski, Anna Kern, Mary Kern, Emily Kern, Joe Flake, Evelyn Flake, Siobhan Murtiff, Brandon Riordan, Shauna Riordan, Ryan Riordan, Randi Shultz, and Tyler Shultz; eighteen great-grandchildren. Ed’s family was a source of great love and pride.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 with the Reverend Jeff Zalatoris at Harmony United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. before the church service. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at Park Lawn Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kidz Power Pacs, Community Combined Ministries PO Box 2805 Martinsburg, WV 25402.
Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.
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