Dr. James Flugrath, age 79, died Thursday, October 10, 2013, as he wished, at home holding his wife’s hand. He was surrounded by those who loved him, especially his sister who helped raise him after his Mother died when he was nine.
He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School and proudly served in Special Weapons in the United States Army. He then graduated from the University of Michigan and remained a lifelong football fan. He received his Doctorate from Wayne State University Medical School. He served as Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Department at the Mountain Home Veterans Hospital for over 20 years.
He served on the Board of the Red Cross and United Way and was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Tuesday Noon Johnson City Rotary Club. He enjoyed playing bridge, chess, poker and traveling.
As a Michigan Alumnus, he wanted to participate in their Project My Heart-Your Heart program which is as follows: “Each year, one to two million individuals worldwide die because of a lack of access to pacemakers. Meanwhile, almost 90% of individuals with pacemakers would donate their device to others in need if given the chance.” The University sends the family a release form and after signing it, everything else is taken care of. His pacemaker will go to someone in need just as an organ donation would. Information may be obtained from www.med.umich.edu/myheartyourheart/.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Flugrath is preceded in death by a brother, William Robert Flugrath.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 51 years, Nancy Sharp Flugrath, of Johnson City; a sister, Eleanor Grimm, of St. Joseph, MI; nieces, Diann and husband, Dan, of Richmond, CA, Laurie Levknecht, of Wayland, MI, Janet and husband, Ron, of Traverse City, MI, Rose Marie and husband, Rick, of Columbia, SC; two great nieces, Jessica and Adriene Levknecht; and a sister-in-law, Helen Flugrath.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 533, Johnson City, TN 37605; or a charity of your choice.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM Sunday, October 13, 2013, until a Celebration of Life Service at 4:00 PM at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Johnson City. Mr. David Ensminger will officiate.
A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, at 1:45 PM. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 PM to follow in procession. Pallbearers will be Judge John Kiener, Jack Shaver, Dr. Andrew Lucero, Dan Schwab and Dr. Dan Schumaier.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177.
Arrangements for the Flugrath family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171