Richard Flack, 73, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 30, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1941, in Sheridan, Wyo., son of Dorothy Heth Hamburg and Philip Flack. As a young boy, Richard and his family moved to Hardin, where he attended school until the eighth grade, when he left to help out on the family farm.
On Nov. 27, 1960, Richard married the love of his life, Loretta (Dorn) Flack. This union brought two sons and one daughter. Richard and his family lived in Hardin until 1986, when they moved to Billings.
Richard worked for several local construction companies until 1999, when he started Flack ‘N’ Flack Construction with his son Kevin. He was respected by many in the construction community and the best equipment operator around. Most recent, he was helping his brother-in-law Larry Dorn. He also had the opportunity to work with his son Rick and grandson Torey.
Richard enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved chasing around his grandchildren and as the years passed, his great-grandchildren, too. He also enjoyed tinkering with electronics and computers, working with his sons and spending the winters in Yuma, visiting with friends.
Richard was a humble and generous man, and a great mentor to everyone he came in contact with. He had a great sense of humor, even while he was in a fight for his life. He was a hero to all his friends and family and will be deeply missed by many.
Richard is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Heth Hamburg, and his father, Philip Flack. He leaves behind his wife, Loretta Flack; his children Rick (Lisa) Flack of Forsyth, Lori (Troy) Blake of Fort Smith, Ark., Kevin (Jami) Flack of Billings; his sisters Cletha (Roger) Wolfe of Billings, Phyllis (Ernest) Waite of Campo, Colo.; his nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Special thanks to Frontier Cancer Center, Dr. Marcello, Dr. Amy Fishburn, and the 6-Tower nurses at St. Vincent Hospital.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Big Horn County Historical Society, Rt. 1, Box 1206A, Hardin, MT 59034, or the American Cancer Society, 1903 Central Ave., Billings, MT 59102.
Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 7, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings. A reception will be held immediately following funeral service at the Elks Club on 10th and Lewis. Graveside services will follow the reception, 3 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”