Ted Flynn passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday morning, July 9, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont. due to complications from heart surgery. Ted was comforted by his close family at the time of his passing.
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Ted was born and raised in Townsend, Mont. on the family ranch which inspired his love for the outdoors. Ted was an avid outdoorsman from an early age, enjoying hunting, fishing and working on the ranch. Growing up, Ted enjoyed playing sports (especially basketball and baseball) and took over the upstairs of the ranch barn to create the Flynn Gym. Ted's high school team went to State in 1963 and then he played many years on the "Flynn Team."
Ted joined the Air Force which led him to a tour in Okinawa. Ted was promoted to Captain and was the Chief Maintenance Officer for multiple aircraft. Ted always wanted to be a pilot but was color blind and got as close to the planes as he could.
Ted's thirst for knowledge led him to multiple college degrees following the service but ultimately he would return home to run the Ranch. After returning to run the ranch full time, he was instrumental in expanding the Ranch and growing the operation. His love for the ranch and the country was always on his sleeve and knew every hill, draw, and "road" like the back of his hand.
Ted was an avid reader, many times finishing a book a day or more. Ted also had a great love for playing cards. Ted spent many a night with family and friends playing cribbage, pitch, and many others at the cabin.
Ted was known for many things over his lifetime including a lead foot, short patience (except with the grandkids), his ability to combine cuss words into new and unique ways, throwing bad decks of cards into the fire, bad luck on horses, a green thumb, his community involvement including Bible Camp, the ability to make a 5 star meal out of mystery meats, hunting, fishing, his love for his kids, grandkids, and extended family. Most will also remember his love for the Dry Creek Cabin (his second home) and his role in ensuring its heritage for the community.
Ted enjoyed a wonderful week before his surgery at a Bible Camp, fishing with his sons at the Ross Gulch pond, and gathering with at the Dry Creek Cabin with all of his kids, grandkids and close friends.
Ted is survived by his two sons, Warren (Becky) and Eric (Ashley), his sister Claudia, aunt Louise, and his grandkids, Cassidy, Colby, Hudson, and Quinten. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Lorena and his brothers, Billy and John (Debbie).
Visitation will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Trailhead Church. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Townsend High School Gym. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ted's name are suggested to the Flynn Ranch Scholarship Fund, 674 Flynn Lane, Townsend, MT 59644. Please visit www.stevensonwilke.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ted.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 12, 2013