William (Bill) James Flynn
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William (Bill) James Flynn, age 62, passed away at Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing on Monday March 24, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in Owosso, Michigan on May 24, 1951, the son of James R. & Ardis N. (Ouillette) Flynn. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1969 and married Joanne Boudreau in Escanaba, MI on November 20, 1971. He served in the 144th Military Police in the Owosso National Guard, was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church in Laingsburg, member of the Pope & Young Club, was an avid hunter and fisherman, member of Pheasants Forever. Bill worked for General Motors in Lansing in Skilled Trades for 34 years before retiring. In earlier years he farmed and was a Police Officer for Caledonia Township. The last 5 years he was a Park Ranger for Sleepy Hollow State Park which he thoroughly enjoyed. Bill had one grandchild, Tyler who he loved dearly.
Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joanne, daughters Shannon Rae Flynn of Chicago, IL, Kellene (Matthew) Thingstad of Charlotte, grandson Tyler James Flynn-Lacey, brothers Thomas and Jerry Flynn of Laingsburg, sister Renee Flynn Brown of Laingsburg. He was predeceased by his brother Patrick Flynn, parents, brothers-in-law Mitch Brown, Roger Jenshak and Leonard Boudreau.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Laingsburg on Friday March 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Duane Pamment will officiate with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting contributions that will be distributed equally to charities of their choosing. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com
Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 26, 2014