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Richard O'Flaherty obituary

Richard O’Flaherty, 73, of Lake City passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Jan. 28, 2021.
Richard was born on Dec. 30, 1947 to Paul & Clementine (Wolfe) O’Flaherty in Wabasha, Minn. He graduated from St. Felix High School in 1966. He enlisted in the Army after High School and served for three years active duty, and three more years in the Reserves. On Sept. 5, 1970, he was united in marriage to Barbara Plank at St. Mary’s Church in Lake City. He worked for 45 years at Thomas and Betts as a maintenance mechanic. He also worked part time for Henn Brothers and the VFW.
Rich was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  His family was very important to him. He loved working on things and had a love of anything with a motor, especially collector cars. He enjoyed attending car shows and swap meets. He was a member of the Lions Club, Lakesters Car Club, and the VFW. He was known for his great smile, joking nature and big heart. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Richard is survived by his wife Barb; children, Tammy (Jeff) Moyer, John (Christy) O’Flaherty; grandchildren, Nick (Elizabeth) Moyer, Austin (Claudia Sviderski) O’Flaherty, Evan O’Flaherty, Caitlin Moyer; great-grandchildren, Johnathan & Theo Moyer, father-in-law, Raymond Plank; brother, Frank (Karen) O’Flaherty; brother-in-law, Butch Plank, and his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul & Clementine O’Flaherty; mother-in-law, Versie Plank; brother, Mike O’Flaherty; sister, Kathleen Law; and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Lake City with Father Matt Fasnacht officiating. A walk-through visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City. Military honors will be performed by Lake City VFW Post 8729 and American Legion Post 110. Masks and social distancing are required. Online condolences may be placed at

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