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"Newt" FloraJuly 14, 1918 - Oct 31, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Newt, 94, was born in Houston, TX and passed away peacefully at home. Newt served in WWII as an Air Force Sgt. with the 82nd Squadron 12th Bombardment Group in the African Theater. He then attended and began his career of 43 years at Oklahoma State University in the Entomology Department., where he earned his Doctorate and retired. He then accepted a position with the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture writing their EPA Proposals, which proudly he never had one refused, eventually retiring a second time in 1988 as the Assistant Director of the Plant Industry Division. His innovations and contributions in the use and application of chemical pesticides are still highly regarded today. He was preceded in death by wife, Wanda Jean (Brattain) Flora; parents, Newton C. and Alma Flora; grandson, Michael Shane; three brothers and one sister. He is survived by wife, Jo Ann (Hyatt) Flora, of the home; one brother; two sisters; son, Michael; daughter, Mary Jane Rorick; stepchildren, Mike and Betty Cox; grandsons, Kenny Flora and wife Trayce, Shawn Cox and wife Kristina, and Tina Flora; great-grandchildren, Michael, Daniel, Kerrie Ann, Dylan, Dalton, Matilyn, and Bella; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family would like to thank all of his doctors, nurses and caregivers for all of their compassion and aid through the years. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family receiving visitors 4-6 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at Buchanan Funeral Service Chapel, with burial in the Little Cemetery north of Seminole, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 4, 2012
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