Patrick Wayne Flaugher of Cabins, WV, after 72 years and 362 days of absorbing all the information and human experience life has to offer, retired to his home in the stars.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Pat answered the call to return to the stardust from whence he came, choosing to reincarnate in his next plane of existence as a complicated math problem that, when solved, is a decodable anagram for a charmingly witty dad joke.
Pat had this gentle, charismatic way of letting you know that, from the bottom of his heart, he accepted you exactly as you were. Pat was a true explorer of the world; an astronomer, train conductor, go kart racer, backpacker, spelunker, and, much like Jesus, he was unfailingly kind and selfless and had a knack for construction.
Pat was a graduate of St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Indiana, and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. When he took a construction job at the Marble Hill Nuclear Station in 1981, he had no idea his life would soon change forever. He met Connie Fowler and fell in love hard, and he showed her his love every day. Some of Connie’s favorite gifts from Patrick include his last name, given December 17, 1981, and a son, born the following year. With a construction stoppage cramping his style, he took his family on an adventure to Grant County to dominate the Engineer/Project Manager position he accepted with Dominion Energy (Vepco) in 1984, based in Richmond VA but was permanently stationed at the Mount Storm Power Station, where he used his electrical engineering expertise and interest in Sacred Geometry to discover the answer to world peace. Unfortunately, he forgot to write it down, and we didn’t think to ask in time.
Pat is preceded in death by his parents Robert E. Flaugher and Betty Fern (Lemmons) Flaugher.
Pat is survived by his devoted wife of 40 glorious years, Connie Ann Flaugher, who will carry his spirit, and also his ashes, with her always.
Patrick lives on in his three children; Joel and wife Kelley of Liberty Township, Ohio, Aaron and wife Jennifer of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, and Joshua and wife Shelley of Keyser, WV. Also tasked with carrying his DNA into the next generation are ten grandchildren whom he loved with all the tenderness, silliness, Minecraft, Scotland Yard antics, puns, and fun facts about science and the world that ten growing brains can handle. He is also survived by Wendy Flaugher of Mt. Sterling, Ohio (his former wife and mother of sons Joel and Aaron), two siblings Mike Flaugher (April) of San Jose, CA and Maureen Flaugher of Indianapolis, IN, a number of nieces and nephews, a bevy of close friends, and the neighborhood cats, whom he hated with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. (He was allergic, what can you do?) Pat was an embarrassingly rich man, if you can quantify richness by measuring the quality of the love he shared with his family.
A viewing will be held at Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, WV on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 4-6 pm. There will be a brief service beginning at 6.
Condolences to the family may be left at the Schaeffer Funeral Home website schaefferfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers and casseroles, please consider practicing a random act of kindness for someone who wasn’t lucky enough to have Pat in their lives, or maybe telling a good dad joke. Monetary donations can be made to , Hospice Promise Foundation, c/o Grant Memorial Hospice, 100 Hospital Drive, Suite 2, Petersburg, WV 26847 and the Moomau-Grant County Public Library, 18 Mt. View Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.