Rodney C. Flater, born March 17, 1946 in Eldora, IA to Chris and Josephine Flater, passed away March 24, 2018, at the age of 72. He attended Grundy Center High School and graduated with the class of 1964. After graduating, he attended Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, MO, and was hired by Delta Airlines and worked there from 1965 to 2000. He served with the United States Air Force from 1965-1969 and served one year in Okinawa, Japan.
He loved to sing and was a member of the Heart of America Barbershop Chorus. He was a member of many barbershop quartets and loved to sing with the Singing Valentine’s. He loved going on annual fishing trips with his brothers and grandson, and teaching his grandkids how to fish. He organized a neighborhood Block Watch. He managed a church softball league, as well as coached a girl’s T-ball team. He grew up playing piano and played until passing it on to his granddaughter. He was a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church for 46 years and was a member of the Seeker’s Sunday School Class. Above all, Rodney loved his family deeply and especially his grandchildren.
Rodney married Linda (Rhoads) on September 8, 1967 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center, IA. They moved to Kansas City, MO in 1970, where they made their home raising their three daughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew. He is survived by Linda, his wife of 50 years; daughters Tammy (Jeff) Lafferty, Angie (Steve) Conway, Amy (Scott) Galaydick; 7 grandchildren Austin Conway, Megan Conway, Ryan Flater, Tyler Flater, Kaitlyn Galaydick, Christian Galaydick, and Isabella Galaydick—all of Kansas City. He is also survived by brothers Jack (Georgia), Jay (Maxine), Roger (Sue) and Jerry (Kris) and several nieces and nephews—all of Iowa.
In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society..
A memorial service honoring Rodney’s life will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Pastor Steve Breon presiding. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., prior to the service. A committal service with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Rodney and condolences may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.