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Lawrence Francis Flaherty (known to most as "Bud") passed away at his home September 11, 2017, after a long illness.
Bud was born on August 8, 1929, to Francis "Frank" Flaherty and Mary Margaret Dombroski. He attended Henneman Elementary and then St. Peter & Paul's Catholic School, at Pulaskifield. Bud attended Pierce City High School until 1943, when he moved to Kansas City to work at the Folgers Coffee plant.
A musician his entire life, Bud played with his band "The Osage Boys" and also played guitar in the Flaherty family band. The Osage Boys played live on the radio and were frequent performers at dance houses across Kansas. His performing career ended when he was called to serve his country as an Army Medic during the Korean War.
When he returned home from the Korean War, Bud took over operation of the family farm. He also worked for Vance Construction and was proud to be a part of the crew that constructed Table Rock Dam. Buddy also took pride in raising Black Angus cattle and being one of the first to introduce Limousin cattle in this area.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Eugene O'Flaherty; his sister Junetta Rakoski; and his twin sister, Florence Wright.
He is survived by his sister, Frieda Crawford; 11 nieces and nephews, and his loyal canine companion, Sheister.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Pierce City, Mo. Father Henry Grodecki will be officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Prayer services will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, at Buchanan Funeral Home, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.
Published on September 13, 2017
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