Wayne Flanagan

June 09, 2002

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Wayne Flanagan, 83, of El Centro who died Friday in his home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hems Bros. Chapel in El Centro with Pastor Joe Robertson, formerly of First Presbyterian Church in El Centro, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Flanagan was born Jan. 29, 1919, in Long Lane, Mo. He married Margaret Norris on June 27, 1945, in First Presbyterian Church in El Centro.

Mr. Flanagan served as a fighter pilot during World War II from 1942 to 1946. After his discharge, he earned a degree in agriculture at the University of Missouri.


The Flanagans then moved to California, where he taught a veteran's class in agriculture in Hemet. Mr. Flanagan later became Imperial County's first airport manager. He later joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was appointed district conservationist for the Imperial Valley and worked there until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Flanagan was a member of the Blu Lodge 390 degrees in Imperial and served as master. He also served as Scottish Rite president and Shriners president. He served many years on the Salvation Army board and was chairman in 1978. He was also a member and elder at First Presbyterian.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Flanagan of El Centro; sons, Mike Flanagan of Corcoran and Kevin Flanagan of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Judy Flanagan of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Wally Reed of Carlsbad and Cathy and Marty Tracey of El Centro; brothers, Kenneth Flanagan and Weldon Flanagan, both of Missouri; sisters, Wilma Miller of Missouri and Wanza Ellis of Kansas; and grandchildren, Shelby Reed, Jaime Reed, Shawncey Reed and Katy Reed, all of Carlsbad; Colby Reed of Del Mar; and Shane Tracey and his wife, Tiffany, of Tucson, Ariz.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Linda Norwood-Rowland, 53, of El Centro, who died May 31 in her home.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro with Pastor LeRoy Jackson, retired pastor from Imperial Community Church, officiating.

Mrs. Norwood-Rowland was born March 6, 1949, in Pitcher, Okla., where she was raised.

She moved to the Imperial Valley in 1951 with her family. She had lived here since then.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mae Lomas, and brothers, Lonnie Lomas and Jerry Lomas.

Survivors include her husband, John R. Rowland of El Centro; brothers, Carroll Lomas of Azle, Texas, Billy Lomas of Joplin, Mo., Claude "Leroy" Lomas of El Centro, and Donnie Lomas of Indio; sisters, Barbara Shores of Needville, Texas, Nancy Loman, of Pitcher, Okla., Virginia Graf of Holtville, and Gracie Deton of Manning, Ark.

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