Ethan James Flood, Evansville (1988-2013)

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

October 26, 1988 - December 25, 2013

Ethan James Flood passed away on Dec. 25, 2013 at Meriter Hospital. Ethan was born on Oct. 26, 1988 in Madison, WI to Elizabeth Drake-Flood and Clinton Flood. Ethan lived all his life on Broken Fork Farm, rural Evansville, WI. As a child, Ethan loved to play soccer and rode his go-carts and bikes around the farm with friends. Ethan was active in Evansville 4-H and FFA, and loved going to the Rock County Fair, where he received Grand Champion Turkey 3 years in a row. He went to the State Fair with his Rocketry projects. Ethan shared his love of farming with his dad Clint, and continued the family tradition of farming at Broken Fork Turkey Farm, fulfilling his lifelong wish to be a farmer, assisted by Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ethan raised broad-breasted and heritage turkeys for friends and family for many Thanksgivings. Ethan loved breeding his own turkeys and raising poults from his eggs. Ethan also loved horses, and rode Chumley at S.M.I.L.E.S. for years, and also drove horse and buggy at Three Gaits.

Ethan was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) at age 5. Ethan participated in many fundraisers for the A-T Children’s Project, and really enjoyed gathering with friends who also had A-T. He looked forward every year to The Shjon Podein Team 25 fundraising event held in Rochester, MN and made many lifelong friends through the times they had together there.

Ethan was confirmed at Evansville United Methodist Church. He graduated from Evansville High School and made many close friends through his years in school. It meant so much to him that friends stayed connected even though his disability made it difficult to get around. Ethan worked at Riverfront in Janesville. Ethan loved family gatherings with his many cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Liz and Mackenzie really appreciate the visits friends and family made to his 25th birthday party at the farm, where he had a blast. They also want to thank the dear friends who made many visits with Ethan throughout his fight with lymphoma, even up to the end. Those visits are a priceless treasure.

Ethan is survived by his mother Liz; sister, Mackenzie; grandmother, Violet Drake of Sussex, WI; many cousins, aunts and uncles. The family also wants to send a Thank You to special friends Shjon and Sherry Podein and Team 25; Joe and Kathy Chase and all the A-T families; Bill and Peggy Frain and Make A Wish; Aj and Linda Ehret; Greg Wolff’s Bellefontaine Farms; Zeke Deininger; Drew Mackendrick; the Schuett family; Karen Bass; Kari and Julie Hermanson ; Pinki and Poppi Wollinger your awesome!; Julie Mandli: Sue Marsden; Trish Schoen-Joranlien; Ciara Conaway; buddies D.J., Charlie and Robert, and many others too numerous to mention. He is preceded in death by his father, Clint; his cousin, Jacob Henry; and his grandparents, Robert and Marcia Flood and Richard Drake.

In place of a funeral, there will be a celebration of Ethan’s life at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville, WI. On Jan. 26th from 1PM to 4 PM. Reflections start at 2PM. Burial will be at a later date at Peace Church Cemetery. The family would especially like to thank the nurses of ICU and 8th floors at Meriter Hospital for their care and compassion throughout Ethan’s illness this fall.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the family or to A-T Children’s Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 or online at https://www.atcp.org/Donate. Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed at Wardhurtley.com

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