Funeral arrangements set for veteran who died in Hazard, public invited to attend

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 6/23/19 10:30 a.m.

We now know the funeral arrangements for Richard Flook.

Flook will be buried 1 p.m. Monday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden.

He will be buried with full military honors.

Flook's family in Michigan is unable to attend the funeral.

Perry County Deputy Coroner Ashley Combs said the public is invited to attend the burial.

Update 6/13/19 8:25 p.m.
A man from Michigan, Bart Flook, saw our post and reached out to us. We have confirmed that he is the nephew of Richard Flook.

He called Ashley Combs, the deputy coroner to find out details about his uncle.

"Uhm, honestly, it was, I had tears in my eyes," said Combs.

Bart and his family thought Flook had been dead for years. He did confirm "Uncle Dick," as they called him, was indeed a veteran.

"We'll be able to bury him at the government cemetery," said Combs. "What he deserves."

Days of searching have ended in resolution.

"We want happy endings like this to happen more often," said Combs.

Funeral arrangements are being arranged. Flook was honorably discharged from the military, meaning he will likely be buried soon at the veterans cemetery in Hyden with full military honors.

Original Story
Officials at the Perry County Coroner's Office are asking for help finding the family of Richard Flook.

The 80-year-old died Tuesday. He had been at the Hazard Nursing home since 2014.

He was loved by many at the nursing home.

"They were really upset that they couldn't tell me any family either," said Ashley Combs, the deputy coroner. "They said nobody had ever come to visit him."

He told the staff at the home he could speak multiple languages and served time in the military.

According to people at the coroner's office, he has two doctorate degrees. They believe he may be from Michigan.

"It's really sad," said Combs. "We treat everyone like they are our own."

There have been leads but she has not had any luck finding his family.

"In these situations, when there is no family whatsoever me and my coworkers are the only family that they have," said Combs.

If no family is found, he will be buried at the Perry County Cemetery. If the coroner's office finds that he was honorably discharged from the military, he will be buried at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Leslie County.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Perry County Coroner's Office at 606-436-2361.

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