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WILLIAM FLANGAS William G. "Bill" Flangas, 91, reposed in the Lord December 23, 2018, surrounded by his Family. Bill was born June 4, 1927, in Ely, to Gust William and Poloxene Flangas, both of whom were Greek immigrants from the area of Thermopoly. Poloxene passed away when Bill was just six months old, and Gust was killed about year later in a tragic accident between his car and a train in the heart of Ely. Bill was raised by his Aunt and Uncle, Alexander J. and Fotene Flangas in Ely, along with their three sons, John, Gus and Ernest Flangas. Bill was a lifetime resident of Nevada, having moved to Las Vegas in 1958 from Ely. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and was part of the initial occupation force in Tokyo. Bill graduated in 1951 from the University of Nevada at Reno with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and went to work for the Kennecott Copper Corporation in South America and later in White Pine County. In 1958, Bill completed his Engineer of Mines Degree (E.M.), and was recruited and hired by the Reynolds Electric & Engineering Company ("Reeco"), the prime contractor at the Nevada Test Site in Mercury. After joining Reeco, Bill led the initial efforts to move the atmospheric nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site underground. He led the first reentry teams into the tunnels after detonating an atomic device. One such reentry nearly cost him his life. Bill also led the first ever underground recovery of a ground zero after an atomic blast. Many of Bill's efforts in moving the testing of atomic weapons underground are memorialized in a book entitled: "Caging the Dragon." Bill stayed at the Nevada Test Site for 37 years, serving as Tunnel Superintendent and Department Manager, Division Manager, and Vice President. After leaving the Test Site in 1995, Bill became an Underground Mining, Construction & Management Consultant primarily working in Nevada. Bill also served as an underground expert on the Treaty Monitoring Teams for the Threshold Test Ban Treaty (TTBT) and Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty (PNET), and traveled to Russia in that capacity on the U.S. Treaty Teams. He was also involved with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) efforts. Bill was also very active in the Community. He was instrumental in youth athletics and in developing baseball and basketball leagues that allowed thousands of kids to play ball. In conjunction with these efforts, Bill led the way in having 11 desperately needed baseball fields lit up by putting the process in motion, putting together the volunteer labor force, and getting all the equipment donated that was necessary to dig power lines and set the power poles. Bill also led the way in the construction of a multimillion dollar gym facility, which was completed in 1976. Through his efforts, the gym was constructed using only volunteer labor. In addition, through his efforts all the equipment for construction was donated as well as a vast amount of the construction supplies. The gym was sold to the Boy and Girls Club in 1984 for one dollar, and is known today as the Lied Boys and Girl Club, located on Lindell and Edna in Las Vegas. Bill served as a member, and as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the State Public Works Board from 1964 to 1985. He served on the Mackay School of Mines Advisory Council, whose efforts saved the school's accreditation and kept Nevada's only mining school as one of the best in the Country. He served on the UNLV Athletic Commission, and on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas. He was a Trustee for the University Medical Center Foundation which raised over six million dollars for the Medical Center. Foundation Projects included Southern Nevada's sponsorship of the Children's Miracle Network. He was also instrumental in establishing a monument in Ely to honor those from White Pine County who perished while serving their Country in the Armed Forces going back to 1898. He was appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn to serve as a member of the State Ethics Commission and served as its Vice Chairman. He was the Nevada Engineer of the Year in 1976. He received the Las Vegas Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award in 1979. He received the TV-3 Spirit Award in 1983. He was honored as the 1984 Distinguished Nevadan by the University Of Nevada Board Of Regents. He received the Award of Excellence in Support of Nuclear Weapons Testing Program in 1992. He received an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree in Human Letters from the Community College of Southern Nevada in 1999, and was honored as the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 2007. Bill was a member of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church for almost 60 years, serving over the years on the Church Parish Council, Building Committee and Audit Committee, and working on many other projects. Bill was an intensely devoted and loving family man. He was preceded in death by son, Albert (Trudi) Flangas. Bill is survived by his wonderful wife, of over 62 years, Marilyn Flangas; his sons, Gus "Billy" (Tamara) Flangas and Gary (Amanda) Flangas; his 10 grandchildren; his brothers, John (Carmen) Flangas and Ernest Flangas; and many other relatives and godchildren. Visitation will be Fri., Jan. 4, at 4 p.m. with a Trisagion following at 5 p.m. Services will be at 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 5, all at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 El Camino Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89118. At Bill's request, burial will at noon Mon. Jan. 7, in Ely. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the St. John Building Fund. May his memory be eternal.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Dec. 30, 2018.
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January 11, 2019
I met Bill when I started working for REECo in 1982. He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling. Rest in Peace.
Betty Knight
January 7, 2019

Dear Marilyn and Family, may his memory be
eternal. I have so many great memories of Bill in Ely and Las Vegas. Father loved him very much. Memories of Las Vegas with all of you. He is up in heaven and he and Father are probably teasing each other. I lost Father a year ago.
My love to all of you - Presvyters Evelyn Adams
January 6, 2019
May Bill requiescat in pace. Where ever he and my father, Harold David Cunningham Sr (died 12.4.2017) are, may they continue reminiscing and enjoying REECo memories and laughs and good times and their many years together.

Catherine Sloan Cunningham
Santa Fe NM USA
January 5, 2019
To Marilyn and the whole family we express our
Condolences and deepest Sympathy .
Bill was a remarkable man a great Family man and we will always remember him with great love and respect for the beautiful and meaningful life he lived.
May his Memory be eternal.
Aglae (Gaye) Koumbourli Economides
January 4, 2019
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January 4, 2019
Bill was one of Nevada's brightest and best. He will be sorely missed by family, friends, and associates.
Bill and Marilyn were, without a doubt, an outstanding couple who raised outstanding children. Nevada lost one of it's stars and is the lesser for it. However, heaven has been enhanced by his presence and the stars will shine brighter as a result. May God continue to bless his dear family and lessen their grief at their great loss.
Christine Rose
January 4, 2019
Our condolences to the Flangas family, he was a good man.

Phil and Renee Davis
January 4, 2019
Bill was without a doubt one of the brightest and best liked guys from White Pine County. I
loved sitting with a group of his friends while he regaled us with stories of his many and colorful experiences whether in college or at a work site somewhere in the world. He married one of McGill's prettiest girls and they were the perfect couple. I am sorry to see him go but I am sure he is sitting in heaven surrounded by angels and other heavenly beings listening to his wonderful life's experiences. You will be sorely missed Bill and I, for one, will miss seeing you from time to time whether in Ely or in Las Vegas. Rest in Peace.
Chris Rose
January 4, 2019
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January 2, 2019
Thank you Bill for all the support and faith you had in me through all my years at the test site.
Leo Flores
January 2, 2019
My heart is heavy laden with sadness as I write here on my friend Bill's obituary;knowing it would someday come, but not ever wanting it to.
I was blessed to have come into Mr. Flangas' life through a job opportunity in which I supported him with some health issues he had had. He was considered a "client" from the company I worked for, but from my perspective he became my friend who I cared about and respected with tremendous gratitude. Through the fog that Bill experienced at times, all was clear when he reminisced of his family and the days of long ago in the great mines. I enjoyed his stories of yesterdays and he told them with a fervor like they were happening right in front of my eyes. Bill lit up when he spoke of his family and I could tell that's what his heart was all about. This he could not forget...this is what stayed with him always and he could recall so many moments of time spent with them. We looked at old pictures and new and his reminiscing brought him much joy and comfort. I was so glad to be a part of that. His awe of family touched my heart.

I had wished I had met Bill at an earlier time in my life so that I might of had more time to get to know him and his beautiful family, but at the same time I was thankful for coming into his life when God appointed me there. I enjoyed our many talks and getting to know both Marilyn and Bill together.

I will miss my friend Bill and I will keep my memories of him in my heart forever. Thank you sweet Bill for all your kindness and for showing me that "family" love in the end is always all that matters. God bless you...till we meet again.
Danielle Bycoskie
January 2, 2019
January 2, 2019
Our condolences go out to Marilyn and family. What a remarkable and fruitful life Bill had.

Toni Arcadipane
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December 31, 2018
Please accept my dearest and heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2
December 30, 2018
May God be your strength in this time of sorrow (Matthew 5:3) Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted.
December 30, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
December 30, 2018
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December 30, 2018
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Marilyn and family. Bill was truly a wonderful person to know and be with....full of energy and great ideas...always ready to solve problems and accomplish missions and goals. We were truly blessed to have known him and will miss his vibrant personality and friendship. God bless Bill Flangas.
December 29, 2018
My deepest sympathies to your family. May God comfort your hearts and strengthen you at this sad time. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
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