Clarence "Jake" Flanigan, 97, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Manor Court in Carbondale.
Jake was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Carbondale, the son of Oak and Effie "Fight" Flanigan.
He married the love of his life, Mary Edna Williams, Oct. 22, 1943, in Miami, Fla. They shared more than 74 years of marriage.
Jake is survived by brother-in-law Ralph Lloyd Williams of Carterville; nephews John Mann and wife Jessica of Carterville, Jess Mann and wife Laura of Carterville, Michael Williams of Carterville, Jason Mann of Mt. Vernon, Earl Robert and wife Kathy Flanigan of Equality, Mike Flanigan and wife Dana of Marion, Keith Flanigan and wife Bunny of Tovey, and Arnold Mason and wife Brenda of Stonefort; many great-nieces and -nephews; good neighbors Craig and Virginia Holt, Raymond and Emma Blair, and Doris Vickers; and the church family of Drury Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oak and Effie Flanigan; in-laws Michael and Sarah Williams; sister-in-law Catherine and husband Paul Mann; nephew Joe Mann; and brothers Earl and wife Bea Flanigan and George and Bea Flanigan.
Jake loved two women: Mary, his wife of 74 years, and the USS Alabama.
Services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 26 at Huffman Harker Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale with Trustees Mike and Diane Chylewski officiating. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to noon. Masonic rites will be held at 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment with full military rites will be at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.