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September 20, 2019

8/15/2019 7:52:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Flynn Aug. 17 at St. Bridget's

The Mass of Christian Burial for Richard M. Flynn, 92, of Minneapolis, and a former rural Stewartville resident, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 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, Minnesota, to Lawrence and Ruth (Towey) Flynn. He grew up on the family farm in Pleasant Grove Township, attended Chatfield schools, graduating as class salutorian from Chatfield High School in 1944. He enlisted into 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 bachelors 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's 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 acquaintences that knew him as a gentle, kind and generous man. 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's Catholic Church and his neighbors at Centre Village Condos for making his life full and to his caregivers at Samaritan Bethany and from 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 at St. Bridget's Church on Saturday morning 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

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