Galord Louis Flies
October 25, 2016
Galord “Gay” Louis Flies 93, long time resident of Craig, Colorado passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Fort Collins Thursday morning, October 13, 2016.
Born July 9, 1923 and raised on a farm in Nemaha County, Nebraska, near the small town of Howe, to Louis and Emma Flies. He walked one and a half miles to a one room school house for grades 1-8, graduated from high school in Auburn, Nebraska in 1941, then attended an aircraft construction school in Omaha. He was hired by Martin Aircraft and moved to Baltimore to become an aircraft part assemblies inspector.
In December of 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and he jumped at the chance to transfer to the Martin plant in Omaha, where the new B26 bomber was being built. When his draft notice arrived he could have opted for deferment for critical war work, however chose to go into the Navy, where he ended up being deployed to the recently captured airfield on Guadalcanal, to repair damaged Navy aircraft. He was later transferred to Guam.
After the war, he went to work for Hested’s Corporation stores and was sent to manage the new Hested’s store in Craig, where he met and married Laurelen Sanborn. He was then transferred to Denver where their first child was born, however they both loved Craig and soon returned to raise their family. His early jobs also included truck driving and salesman for National Supply and Chevrolet. Eventually he became the City Clerk, Recorder and Treasurer of Craig, a position he held for 21 years. After retirement, he started a small lawn care business and volunteered many hours to help care for the yards of senior citizens who were not able to care for their own. He was an active member of the Kiwanis club for over 60 years serving for a period of time as President and Lieutenant Governor. He was also a long time member of the VFW.
Over time, the entire community became his family, young and old alike, a wonderful friend, father and mentor. He was an inspiration to many, taking any of Craig’s youth under his wing, building up their self-esteem and pointing them toward success. He loved MCHS sports activities and was well known for his prime rib dinner fundraisers. Riding his bicycle, visiting with friends, hunting, camping, fishing, gardening, cooking, grilling, playing solitaire, cribbage and pinochle were his favorite activities. His incredible wit and sense of humor will surely be missed.
His children would like to extend a special “Thank you!” to everyone in the community who lovingly looked out for him. Without you he would have not been able to remain in the community he so dearly loved, as long as he did.
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He is preceded in death by his sister Thelma Amidon and his wife of 57 years, Laurelen Flies. He is survived by his 4 children, 5 grand children and 2 great granddaughters: son Warren, daughter-in-law Victoria and grandson Joseph Flies of Mesa, Arizona; son Larry Flies of Dallas, Texas; daughter Lyra McMillian of Fort Collins with grand children James, Amanda, Gena and Laurelena, and great granddaughters Kaylee and Hailea; son Kenneth and daughter-in-law Wilma Flies of West Plains, Mo.; as well as his older sister Velma Anderson of Pittsford, NY.
A 1:00 pm graveside service with Military Honors is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Veteran’s cemetery in Craig. A memorial reception will follow at the Craig VFW hall until 4:00 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.