Ryan Michael Flynn
1976 - 2021
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Ryan Michael Flynn, 44, of Front Royal, VA, passed away unexpectedly on January 15, 2021, in his home.

Ryan was born on July 21, 1976, in Livonia, MI. He grew up in the Detroit area, Indianapolis, St. Simon's Island, GA, and Cincinnati. He graduated from Turpin High School in 1994 and went on to earn a B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He moved to the DC area residing in Frederick, MD, then to Salisbury, MD, where he served as a police officer in the Salisbury and Snow Hill Police Departments, as well as an officer for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He joined Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2008 in Newport, VT, and worked as a watch commander for CBP's National Targeting Center while residing in Front Royal, VA.

Ryan married the love of his life, Donna Marie West Flynn, in 2001. They have four beautiful children, Charles Michael (16), Sean Patrick (13), Liam Connor (11), and Laurel Marie (4), and their home is filled with love.

Ryan is survived by his adoring family; his mother, Leslie Flynn; his sister, Megan Bueter (Nick); four nephews (Jack, Ben, Ryan, Evan), six nieces (Erica, Rebecca, Jessica, Geneva, Lena, and Eloise); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ryan is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Michael Flynn, his in-laws Robert and Opal West, his sister-in-law Tammy Smith, and his grandparents.

Ryan fully embraced life with humor, wit, and kindness, and he never met a stranger. He was an avid reader who enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family. He was proud of his Irish heritage and had an impressive collection of Hawaiian shirts. Ryan will be celebrated and deeply missed by all who knew him.

The viewing will be held at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 6-8 pm. The funeral service will take place at 10 am on Friday, January 22, 2021. A celebration of life will be held during the summer. Donations may be made in Ryan's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.maddoxfuneralhome.com

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jan. 21, 2021.
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January 22, 2021
Sincere heartfelt sympathies to the family. Ryan was a loyal and dedicated officer. It was my pleasure to know and work with him.
Mary Roussel
January 21, 2021
Ryan was easy-going and easier to talk to. His children should know that he was adored by those who knew him. He was plenty smart but unassuming. He is missed. If he could speak to you now, he would tell you to be good people. Be honest. Work hard and play harder. Invest your money while you're young and cherish each moment with those you love. He would tell you to find what makes you happy and do it to the best of your ability. He would tell you to listen more than you speak and be humble about what you think you know. He would tell you he loves you and he is proud of each of you. Do not use this as an excuse to sink low; but rather, rise up in his memory and concur life. He will always live in your hearts and his voice will ring in your ears until you meet him again.
January 21, 2021
My deepest condolences are extended to the Flynn family. Ryan was one of the kindest, most humble, and most hardworking people I ever met and had the pleasure of working with. I can't even begin to recount the number of things I learned from him in the 4 years that I knew him. Ryan had an incredibly positive impact on me and I believe that all who knew him would likely say the same. His legacy will live on through through the many people he mentored and the stories they will share. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Jeff Vent
January 21, 2021
Ryan is the definition of good people. He was a great colleague to work with and a pleasant person just to be around in general. He had this way of side-grinning whenever the going was about to get tough. He also had that same side-grin on his face after you found his signature plastic spider hiding somewhere at your work station. No poker face whatsoever (lol). I will miss you and your spider conspiracy theories very much Ryan. Rest in peace.
DJ Laske
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