The Mass of Christian Burial for Richard M. Flynn, 92, of Minneapolis and a former rural Stewartville resident, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Simpson, with Rev. Kevin Connelly officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Mr. Flynn died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, of natural causes at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester, where he had been a resident for the past three months.
Richard Mathew Flynn was born on Oct. 27, 1926, in Orion Township, Olmsted County, to Lawrence and Ruth (Towey) Flynn. He grew up on the family farm in Pleasant Grove Township, attended Chatfield schools, graduating as class salutatorian from Chatfield H.S. in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radio operator. Following his discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology in 1950.
Dick was a longtime employee at the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis as a bacteriologist until his retirement in 1989. He was a devout Catholic who attended daily Mass at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis. Just prior to his retirement, Dick moved to Centre Village Condominiums in downtown. He enjoyed walking in the skyways, making many friends along the way. He enjoyed league bowling, often bought a Minneapolis City golf membership enjoying the many downtown area golf courses and was an avid Twins fan. He had many acquaintances that knew him as a kind and generous man with a good sense of humor. Richard always looked forward to the drive to Southeast Minnesota to spend time with his large extended family.
Dick's Family would like to thank his church family at St. Olaf Catholic Church and his friends at Centre Village Condos for making his life full and to his care givers at Samaritan Bethany and Seasons Hospice.
Dick is survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mary Gardner, Kathryn Abraham and Teresa Nissen; and two brothers, Thomas Flynn and James "Pete" Flynn.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service Saturday at St. Bridget's Church with the rosary being said at 9:30 a.m. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Dick are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com