Patrick A. Flanery, 65, son of Anthony D. Flanery and Lila L. Flanery (Hester), was born May 26, 1958, in Des Moines. Patrick was called home on Feb. 15, 2024, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines.

Patrick was born and lived his early years in Des Moines. His family moved to Panora, and he attended Panora/Linden Community Schools. On May 9,1975, he married Rhonda Adams in Guthrie Center. To this union, two daughters were born. Patrick worked various jobs from the meat packing house, Ideal in Jefferson, and caring for his brother, Michael, for 26 years. Most recently, he attended truck driving school at DMACC and got his CDL and drove trucks for different companies. During this time, Patrick entered into a committed relationship with Janet Flanery, a love that has lasted 26 years. To this union, two sons were born. He recently retired in 2020.

From a young age, Patrick had a passion for drag racing. This love continued throughout his lifetime, and, more recently, he handed over the wheel to his sons. He was known for his after-hour parties and could be found in his shop late at night entertaining in the wee hours of the morning. He loved playing music and rocking out from his 8-track player and vinyl records and unabashedly singing and shredding on air guitar. Through the years, he enjoyed going to the local drinking establishments, entertaining other patrons and playing pool.

Once he was convinced to get a smartphone, he enjoyed playing Trivia Crack, reading historical stories and watching his favorite old westerns. Patrick also enjoyed traveling, particularly to the mountains and the oceans. In recent years, his vacations consisted of driving thousands of miles on vacations trips. Patrick had a love of his furry friends and almost always had a pet dog nearby.

Above all, he had a love for family and friends and would do anything to help anyone in need and has been a father figure to many. Patrick was proud and greatly enjoyed his role as “Papa” from attending his grandchildren’s activities, babysitting and spending time with them.

It is with deep sorrow that we bid farewell to our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law and friend. Eternal rest grant unto Patrick, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Patrick is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Erica (Scott) Harlan of Urbandale, Monica Flanery of West Des Moines, Sean Flanery, and Rafe Flanery all of Adel; grandchildren, Dalton, Lexi, Ainsley, Makaia, Izzy and Hayden; brothers, Dan (Sheila) Flanery, and Tom (Kelli) Flanery; and sisters, Deb (Dan) Van Winkle, and Kathy Jo (Craig) Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Lila; and brother, Mike “Spike” Flanery. 

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com