He was born in Medford, on Jan. 5, 1925 to Chester and Marie (Cox) Flury.
“Wild Bill” served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was the last survivor of the torpedoing of the S.S. Jean Nicolet. He received the following awards: Mariner’s Medal, Merchant Marine Emblem, Pacific War Zone Bar, Mediterranean-Middle East Bar and the Combat Bar (with stars. In October of 1993, at the Merchant Marine Veterans National Convention he was presented with the P.O..W. Medal U.S. & International P.O.W. Medal from England.
Years later, Mr. Flury gave a statement to the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs to help get Merchant Mariners recognition as veterans and be able to receive compensation. He was interviewed by Maria Brooks for her film, “The Men Who Sailed the Liberty Ships,” which was shown on PBS. His audio segment from that film is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent exhibit, “On the Water,” which covers American Maritime History from the 1600s to the present and will be on exhibit for the next 20 years.
After the war, he worked many jobs to support his family. For 30 years he worked for Boise Cascade as a de-barker operator, retiring in 1987.
He is survived by a brother, Don Flury, of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Mary Jo (Pete) Hannah and Lorna (Terry) Grogan, both of Eagle Point; children, Karen (Jim) Riker and Tim Flury; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Lori Flury.
Rosary will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, Central Point, on Monday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. Funeral mass is at the church on Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford. Arrangements by Perl Funeral Home.