FOLEY – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey authorized flags in Foley to be flown at half staff Thursday, March 28, in recognition of former Mayor John Koniar.

Koniar, 80, died Friday at his home in Foley.

In issuing the order, Ivey authorized Mayor Ralph Hellmich to direct that flags in Foley be at half staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday. In a statement, she said Koniar had a long history of dedicated service to Foley and the country.

“John Koniar dedicated much of his long life to public service. In addition to wearing the uniform of the United States Air Force, during which time he honorably served in Korea, he spent nearly four decades as a successful businessman. For many, that would be enough, but not for John. For 40 full years, he quietly took on the additional roles of city councilman, and finally, mayor of Foley. During his time in office, he shepherded the city through unprecedented growth and economic development. His many leadership accomplishments – frankly, too numerous to mention – transformed Foley into one of Alabama’s premier cities in which to live, work and recreate. He will be sorely missed,” Ivey said in a statement.

Koniar served as mayor from 2006 until 2020. Before becoming mayor, he was elected to the Foley City Council in 1980 and became mayor pro tem in 1996.

Funeral services for Koniar will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Foley. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday followed by services. 

Following the service the funeral procession will travel through Foley to Pine Rest Cemetery where a graveside service will be held.