Charles W. Flynn, 86, of Honesdale, died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. His wife of 66 years is the former Betty Herzog. The couple married on June 19, 1946.
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Born on March 29, 1926, in Pleasant Mount Twp., son of the late Charles and Rose Derrick Flynn, he was a lifelong resident of Honesdale and the last surviving member of his family. Charlie was owner and operator of Flynn's Country Restaurant for 32 years and was employed by Tri-County Human Services for 23 years. He served in the Navy as a fireman first class on a torpedo boat in the Pacific during World War II.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale, where he served as a senior altar server and Eucharistic minister beginning in September 1980. He was an original member of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, a life member of Honesdale Council 363 Knights of Columbus, a life member of Bishop Hoban Assembly 0927, Fourth-Degree Knights of Columbus and an active member of its color guard.
He was a faithful blood donor and runner for the Red Cross for many years. He participated in Scouting for more than 40 years, serving Cub Scout Pack 105 as treasurer and later as a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 1. He was a life member of Hose Company 1, a member of Honesdale Country Club, VFW Post 531, the Donegal Society of Wilkes-Barre and the pinochle club at the senior center.
Also surviving are nine children, Errol and wife, Mary Ann, Honesdale; David and wife, Carol, Factoryville; Kathryn Highhouse, Honesdale; Daniel and wife, Pati, Waterford, Pa.; Gary, Mesa, Ariz.; Clement and wife, Penny, Beach Lake; Stephen and wife, Jill, Bernville, Pa.; Mark and wife, Jane, Honesdale; Michael and wife, Melissa, Morrison, Colo.; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Honesdale. All those attending are asked to meet at the church. Interment with military honors will be at St. John's Cemetery, Erie Street, Honesdale.
Friends may visit Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m., at the Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St., Honesdale. Condolences: www.hesslingfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dyberry Day Camp, P.O. Box 1121, Honesdale, PA 18431; or St. John the Evangelist Parish, 414 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 28, 2012