DURANT — Dale Flanagan passed away peacefully at his home on a beautiful, sunny Saturday, August 19, 2017, after several years of struggle with heart disease. He was 82. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, August 24, at the First Christian Church, 301 N. 3rd Avenue, Durant, Okla. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. with refreshments in Nanberry Hall at the church at noon. The Reverend Andy Shelton and the Reverend Leon Veazey will officiate.
Dale was born July 5, 1935, in Shady Dale near Marietta, Okla., to Howard and Ruth Johnson Flanagan. He graduated from Marietta High School and continued his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. During college, he was employed by Swift Peanut Company in Durant. He met Ann Horn in college, and they were married on December 19, 1959, in Colbert, Okla. The couple started their lives together in Longview, Texas, where Dale worked for Universal CIT Credit Corporation. They also lived in Sherman, Wichita Falls and Waco, Texas, as CIT promoted and transferred him. They returned to Durant in 1968 where they raised two children and have lived there since. Dale began employment at the Durant Bank and Trust Company (currently First United Bank) in 1968 as an assistant vice president and was promoted to president and CEO in 1977. He continued in that position until he retired as president emeritus in 1996. He especially enjoyed the old style of small-town banking where he knew all his customers and was able to help many young people with personal and business loans. He enjoyed sharing his practical, real-life knowledge of finance as an adjunct professor at SOSU. As an active member of the First Christian Church in Durant for many years, Dale served on the church board and was a lifetime deacon. He was active in the Durant community for many years and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the Elks Club. He served on the Durant Industrial Authority, the Bryan County Industrial Authority, the Bryan County Memorial Hospital Board, the Durant Historical Society Board, and the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation Board. He served his country in the 180th Battalion of the Okla. National Guard’s 45th Division, as a battalion intelligence sergeant in the Texas National Guard, and as an instructor in the U.S. Army Reserves for a total of 10 years of military service. He enjoyed raising cattle and working on various projects on the family farm near Marietta, where preserving God’s creation in nature was a source of great pleasure to him. Dale always had a dog near his side ranging from a toy poodle, a German Shepherd, a Westie or Dobermans. He spent many happy hours on the farm. He enjoyed riding horses when he was younger, advancing to a four-wheeler as the years progressed. A self-taught computer enthusiast, Dale enjoyed researching a variety of topics during his retirement, including all genres of music, biographies of his heroes, and stock market strategies. He was an avid boxing fan his entire life and loved western movies.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruth Flanagan; and brothers, Barry Dean Flanagan and Howard Douglas Flanagan.
Dale is survived by wife, Ann Flanagan and best friend, Sweeti-the-Wonder-Dog, both of the home; one daughter, Kelli Ann Flanagan Loftis of Mead, Okla., and former husband, Jim Loftis of Norman, Okla.; one son, Christopher Dale Flanagan and wife, Regina of Marietta; granddaughter, Ashley Kate Trimble and husband, Chris of Norman; grandson, Jake Andrew Loftis of Norman; granddaughter, Brooke Ann Walton of Durant; great-granddaughter, Olivia Lake Trimble and great-grandson, Indiana Aidan Trimble, both of Norman. He is also survived by a multitude of Love County and Ardmore Flanagan cousins; sister-in-law, Dolly Johnson of Dumas, Texas; brothers-in-law, Jerry Horn and wife, Alene of Sherman, Texas, and Doug Flatt and wife, Maxine of Tyler, Texas; and a host of nieces- and nephews-in law. Special friends and caregivers: Diane Jernigan, Brenda and Terry Williams, Charlotte Mashburn, Trisha Dellinger and Adrean Stinnett. Guardian Hospice Friends: Leon, Teresa, Phil, Amy, Casi and Joyce. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Marietta.
Pallbearers are Sam Trent, Jimmy Van Landingham, Jeff Horn, Ted Brannan, Darrell Flatt and Jim Loftis. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Forbes, Andy Campbell, William Fahrendorf, John Cary, Bobby Butlan, Joe Barker, John Redman, Ted Kirkpatrick and Jack Skaggs. Flowers may be sent to First Christian Church in Durant. Arrangements are under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marietta. Online guest book is available at www.wattsfuneralhome.com.