Following his education, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged on Feb. 1, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas. Following the war, he worked for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas as an aircraft mechanic, retiring after over 25 years of faithful service. In 1979, he moved to Monett to enjoy his retirement.
Bill was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt, as well as he was active with the Lutheran Braille Workers. He was also a member of the Freistatt Lions Club and the American Legion Post #419. Bill enjoyed making latch hook rugs for those that he loved, as well as listening to the church radio broadcast and taking care of his flower gardens. In more recent years, Bill had won several art awards while competing in the Golden Age Games.
Bill married Irma Meyer on June 11, 1943 in Freistatt. They were blessed with over 68 years together before her passing on March 14, 2012.
Bill is survived by one sister, Helen Barnes, of Baxter Springs, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Ray Meyer, and his wife, Betty, of San Jose, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Lorna Flowers, of Springfield, Mo. and Janice Meyer, of Monett; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Zelma Flowers; two brothers, Eugene Flowers and Charles Rex Flowers; one sister, Mildred Flowers; and one great-nephew, Michael Etter.
Funeral services for Mr. Flowers will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistatt. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Interment with full military honors will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Radio Broadcast or the Lutheran Braille Workers in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.buchananfuneralhomemonett.com.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.