FLUHARTY, Earl Patton

FLUHARTY, Earl Patton, 72, of Scio, Ohio, formerly of Monroe Co., died Friday, February 29, 2008, in Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 28, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a son of the late Clarence and Hazel Rogers Fluharty.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Earl enjoyed caring for his many flower gardens and was a Washington Redskins fan but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Johnnie, Clarence “Bud,” Raymond and Carl Fluharty; and a sister, Nora Ritchie.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Opal Mick Fluharty, whom he married October 27, 1963; children, Joe (Tanya) Fluharty of Scio, Carolyn “Missy” (Wendell) Habig of St. Clairsville, Tammy (Rick) Young of Jewett and Johnnie Fluharty of Scio; grandchildren Tiffany, Amber, Shania, Logan, Rachel, James, Christopher, Jessica, Wendell “Babe,” Trina, Cole, Cara, Caitie, Allie, Janette, Shannon, Hunter, Tony, Dennis; sisters Gladys Groter of Mo., Alfretta Knox of Pa., Effie Heddleson of Ohio, and Thelma Kormos of W.Va.; twin sister, Evelyn Sickelsmith of Mich., Hazel Jefferies of Texas and Ester Fisher of Nev.; sister-in-law, Kathyrn Fluharty of Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Koch Funeral Home, Scio with the Rev. Frank Conley officiating.

Burial will follow in Hanover Cemetery, Scio.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service from 12-2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joe Fluharty c/o National City Bank, Box 306, Scio, OH 43988 to help the family with expenses.

Koch, Scio 740-945-6161.

www.kochfuneral.com.