OBITUARY

Patrick "Pat" Michael Flach

June 14, 1944September 1, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Patrick Michael Flach announce his passing at his home in San Diego, California, on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the age of 75.

He was born June 14, 1944, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Vincent and Margaret (Peg) Flach who proceeded him in death as well as his sister Martha Clark.

Pat graduated from Kellogg Consolidated High School, Hickory Corners, MI, in 1962, Gale Institute, Minneapolis, MN, and Kellogg Community College on December 17, 1973, Battle Creek, Michigan, where he received an associate degree in Mechanical Technology. He married his high school sweetheart, Norma (Hoffman) Hostetler, in 1963, and later divorced in 1985. They had two children, Bryan D. Flach, and Renee C. (TJ) Fears. In 1988 he married Pamela T. (Mills) Froehlich who proceeded him in death. He had two stepdaughters with this marriage that he also dearly loved, Michelle (David) Thompson and Leigh (Rabah) Elkolli. He leaves behind two sisters, Mary (Lloyd) Gelman of Boulder, CO, and Margaret (Allen) Gibbard, of Bremerton, WA, his three grandchildren, Mason, Noah, and Yahya, and a niece and two nephews.

Pat started his career at Tractor Mate in Marshall and soon left for Union Pump Company where he worked for over twenty-five years starting as a draftsman and leaving as Director of Engineering. He became a seal specialist during his tenure, a specialty he loved. He held many positions throughout his career including technical writer for EG & G Sealol where he wrote text books and often lectured at colleges and other venues. He was highly respected in his field and held the position of Vice President of Engineering at both Hayward Tyler and KSB. Upon leaving KSB, he was recruited to a position with John Crane as a senior sales representative in Derby, Kansas, where his knowledge of the industry, his social skills and technical skills made him a top salesman. He continued to work throughout his 60’s as he enjoyed his customers and the work. He retired at 70 in 2015.

When Pat wasn’t working, he could be found enjoying his many hobbies. He was an avid golfer, hunter, woodworker, and fisherman. He and his son played in the father-son tournament at his club almost every year he lived in Kansas. When his children were smaller, he coached floor hockey and the FOP team in the Mickey Mantle League in Battle Creek and was an avid follower of St. Philip school and Delton Kellogg High school sports. During this period, he built and raced modified hydroplanes, and came in thirteenth in the nation during his first year of racing. He and his family enjoyed many fun travels with him during the racing season. When he could no longer race, due to an accident, he built and flew U-model planes and continued this hobby through his retirement and was an active member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Wichihawks, Wichita’s oldest model airplane club.. Pat was proud of the fact he was an Eagle Scout and he was an honorary member of the Boy Scouts in Derby, Kansas. He was also active in his church, St. Mary’s, and could be found cooking breakfast Sunday mornings. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

There will be a celebration of life service at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, 1490 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan, on September 19, 2019 at noon with Father Francis Marotti officiating. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Veteran’s Assistance Dogs of Texas which provides already trained dogs to disabled veterans and teaches veterans to handle their dogs. The link is: https://www.vadogs.org/in-memory-of.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sorrentovalleychapel.com for the Flach family.

Services

19 September

Memorial Service

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens

Graveside

1490 E Michigan Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49014

Service time is Eastern Standard Time

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Tom Mowbray

September 10, 2019

Brian and Renee, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was not only a colleague but a teacher and a friend. I'll never forget the days on the golf course in RI. He taught me proper techniques and swing mechanics. He taught me a lot about the pump and sealing industry. Never too busy to take the time to personally lend a hand. But the thing I'll remember most is that he helped me build an electric guitar. He had all the tool in his basement and we made a replica of an Ernie Ball Music Man that cost half the price of a real one. And it came out beautiful. My father did the electrical wiring and I decided to put my name, my dad's and Pat's in the body of the guitar. It is something I will always cherish and will never leave my sight. Peace be with you and your families at this trying time.
Sincerely,
Tom Mowbray

Joyce Hurley

September 10, 2019

I worked with Pat at John Crane and yes, his office was green, green and green. :) He wasn't here long when a tornado destroyed the town my dad lived in. He offered his pickup for dad to drive until he found transportation. He was good boss and friend.

Skip Windbiel

September 5, 2019

Pat was my best friend of 68 years. We grew up together hunting, fishing.and water skiing. His sister referred to me as her “other brother”. I love pat and the entire family. I want to send a deep gratitude to all who cared for him during his illness. When we were about 14 we were shooting frogs. A frog jumped into the boat and I said “I got him and shot at him. Shot a hole in the bottom of the boat and yes I missed the frog!

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