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James 'Jim' Floro

Monday, May 23, 2005

(June 22, 1941 - May 20, 2005)

CURTIS -- James "Jim" Floro, 63, died Friday (May 20, 2005), in McCook.

He was born on June 22, 1941, to Harold and Mildred (Whitehead) Floro, when they lived in Colorado where Harold was working in a gold mine. He was the oldest of four children and the oldest of the grandchildren to Frank and Laura Floro, former Curtis residents.

It was a real disappointment to Jim, following high school, when he was unable to enlist in the military, due to a hearing problem. He went to work on a farm near Wellfleet for the next year or two. Other employment came from the state highways department and the county weed control program. Most of his years of employment were thanks to his good friend, Dean Herman, who always had roofing and battery recycling work to keep Jim busy. Through that work, he enjoyed extensive travel around the country, but his favorite place was Denver, which he liked to call "his city."

Jim never married, but had a "surrogate" family during his years of living in Curtis. After growing up living next to his cousin Martha Floro Gardner, in adulthood, he enjoyed "helping her raise" her children and grandchildren. He could not have felt more like a "dad" to them than he would have to any children he might have had of his own.

Jim lost his dad who was serving as Frontier County Sheriff in 1970. His mom died in 1982. Another painful memory for Jim came in 1988 when his brother Francis was killed in a car accident while the two of them were traveling for the battery recycling business.

Jim prided himself in being a "historian" of sorts because of his many years of living in the Curtis community. He had been a keen memory for events and the people, all of whom he considered to be his friends. Relatives were precious to him whether they were siblings or distant cousins. Former school classmates were also treasured as friends by Jim.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Francis.

Survivors include one sister, Laura (Dale) Elswick of Fraziers Bottom, W.Va.; one brother, John (Connie) Floro of Chouteau, Okla.; and his cherished nieces and nephews, John Charles Floro of McCook. Tammy Floro Jensen of Omaha, James Elswick of Columbus, Ohio, Thomas Elswick of Middletown, Del., Jeffrey Floro of Dodge City, Kan., Nicole Bayne of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Candice Walters of Sand Springs, Okla.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Curtis, with Pastor Greg Sandman officiating. Interment will be at the Curtis Cemetery.

Visitation is today until 6 p.m. at the Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home.

Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.