Ivan Kenneth Flanscha
- York City Department Fire/Rescue Services
- Age: 50
- Year of Death: 2018
Ivan was born February 13, 1968, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Judy (Dillon) and Kenneth Appleby. Ivan died in the line of duty doing what he loved, serving his community as a firefighter for York City Fire/Rescue Services. Like his father, a dedicated Iowa police officer, Ivan worked hard, loved helping others, and lived life in the moment.
Ivan spent his formative years in Vallejo, California. As a teen, he developed a love for travel, music, and history. He learned to play guitar, wrote music, and performed in rock bands before moving with his family to New Freedom, Pennsylvania, in 1985. After graduating from Susquehanna High School in 1986, he attended York College of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in classical guitar. Ivan put himself through college doing construction work and performing in the band Desperate Measures.
Ivan married Tina Wagner in 1996, and their daughter, Sierra, was born in 1997. Ivan pursued a career as a firefighter and attended the Harrisburg Fire Academy. He began his professional career with York City Fire/Rescue Services in 1999. Ivan was blessed with two more daughters, Savannah in 2000 and Selina in 2002. As a result of bravery and dedication, Ivan was selected as Firefighter of the Year in 2004. He enjoyed testing himself in individual and team challenges by participating in the Firefighter Combat Challenges around the U.S. and Canada.
In 2010, Ivan’s family continued to grow when he married Casey Korth and gained two stepchildren, Maya and Gavyn. During these years, he was devoted to his faith in God and especially his role as a father, husband, and stepfather. He enjoyed playing acoustic guitar in Road Trip and rocking out with his classic rock band Kodiac. Ivan traveled extensively through the U.S., Europe, Central America, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean with his family, instilling in his children a unique world perspective.
He managed nine rental properties and was in the process of renovating a beach house in Delaware. He was known and loved by many in the City of York and was easily recognized by his smile and easygoing nature. His unforgettable presence, charm, and good looks led to one of his biggest achievements, being chosen as one of the faces and voices for the national Wahl Clippers commercials that featured York City firefighters.
Ivan is survived by his mother, Judy; stepfather, Floyd; wife, Casey; daughters, Sierra, Selina, and Savannah; stepchildren, Maya and Gavyn; brothers, Bill, David, and Tony; sister, Brenda; grandmother, Betty; stepbrother, James; and stepsisters, Laurie, Jeannie, and Rebekah.