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Fred Kenneth Flukinger

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On March 12, 2022, Fred Kenneth Flukinger passed away at home peacefully in his sleep. Ken was born on November 19, 1932 to Cora DeWeese and Fred Flukinger, who precede him in death along with his son, Quinn Mark and his brother, Thomas “Ed” Edward. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Martha Alice Smith Flukinger, daughter Eva Kay Flukinger & husband Walt Jackson, and daughter-in-law Melissa Flukinger, grandchildren Andrew Harper & wife Jordon, Kristopher Wilson, and Anthony Wilson, great-granddaughters Constance and Tatum Harper, and Nova Quinn Wilson; friends and Brother Masons and Order of Eastern Star Brothers and Sisters.

He attended Texas A&M and University of Houston before joining the Army in 1956, and U of H again upon completion of his military service. He retired from Sears, Roebuck & Co. after 37 years, moving his home from the Houston/Pearland area to Harwood in 1990. He worked several jobs after retirement as he built his own home in Gonzales County. He was an avid woodworker, having built 2 houses for his immediate family, and helped several family members and friends build their homes. He built furniture and did a lot of repairs for family and friends. He was always available to help friends with anything they needed, and often for strangers as well. He helped at Harwood Methodist Church maintaining the grounds and making necessary repairs inside & out. He also mowed for several people and places where help was needed. He enjoyed reading and puzzles as well as making sawdust in his garage workshop.

Ken was Past Master of Hopkinsville Masonic Lodge and Past Worthy Patron of Luling #155 and Gonzales #304 Chapters of the Eastern Star. He had many wonderful experiences as a Boy Scout in Troop 30 while growing up and as a scout leader during his son’s time in Scouts. He was a happy and helpful husband, father and friend. After his many bouts of cancer, he was called a "walking miracle man" by many friends and relatives, as it didn’t slow him down from helping people in difficult situations. While serving in the Army in 1956 & 1957 he was able to travel in Germany and Austria. He and his wife loved traveling and have been to all 50 states, Mexico, Bahamas, Yukon & Canada. They traveled mainly by car with Ken driving, but also some by air, ships, small boats, rail, bus and hot air balloon.

A Memorial Service will be held at Harwood Methodist Church on March 20, 2022 at 2 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Harwood Methodist Church, Hopkinsville Masonic Lodge, or Luling Order of Eastern Star.

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