William B. Flury

January 5, 1925-August 25, 2010

William B. Flury was born in Medford, Ore., to Chester and Marie (Cox) Flury, and passed away peacefully in White City, Ore., at the age of 85.

"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, 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, Bill 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 1600's 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.

Bill is survived by brother, Don Flurry, of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Mary Jo (Pete) Hannah, Lorna (Terry) Grogan, of Eagle Point, Ore.; children, Karen (Jim) Riker, Tim Flury; grandchildren, Amber (Frank) Robles, Eric Bettis, Donny Wilson, Greg Wilson; and great-grandchildren, Jade and Bailee Robles. He is preceded in death by second wife, Lori Flury.

Rosary will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, Central Point, on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at Shepard of the Valley, Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. Bill will be buried at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford.