Howard Lester Flood

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Howard Lester Flood, 78, of Stow, died Jan. 17, 2013.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., he had lived in Stow since 1977, prior to that for 16 years in Cuyahoga Falls. Mr. Flood was a U.S. Army Airborne veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving from May 1952 to December 1957 and was one of the first Green Berets with the 10th Special Forces Group.

He joined First National Bank of Akron in 1963 and served in various capacities, including senior vice president and senior lender. In 1983 he became president and CEO of First National Bank of Akron and First Bancorporation of Ohio (now FirstMerit Bank). In 1996 he retired as chairman of the board and director of First Bancorporation of Ohio.

A member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Cuyahoga Falls and Holy Family Catholic Church in Stow, he was actively involved in his community, resulting in many honors, awards and recognitions. He also loved to fly and owned his own plane.

Preceded in death by his parents Edward H. Flood and Julia C. Lawson and siblings Mary MacDonald, John Flood and William Flood, he is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Georgiana "Gena" (nee Rusinko); daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Joseph Robert) Gezzar of Stow; grandchildren, Kyla Madison and Owen Howard; sisters, Edith Bishop of N. Fort Myers, Fla., LaVerne Pfleging of St. Louis and Julia (Ron) Hanzl of Cape Coral, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Elaine Rusinko; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at Redmon Funeral Home with Mass of the Christian Burial celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain with military honors provided by the U.S. Army. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.