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Arnold O. Flinn

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Arnold O. Flinn (Arnie) went home to the Lord on January 27, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Arnie's battle with congestive heart failure and multiple health complications was fought with courage and perseverance for seventeen years, to the amazement of his doctors. He was born November 18, 1928 in North Platte, Nebraska and was raised in Wyoming. He received a BA in Physical Education at the University of Wyoming. Arnie married Marge Heinz in 1950 and had two daughters. They resided in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 28 years before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1978. Arnie received many accolades as an athlete. He was Point Guard on the U. of Wyo. basketball team from 1946 to 1950 and a member of the 1948 and 1949 Final Four NCAA teams. Arnie went on to play professionally for the NBA. From 1952 -1954 he served at Samson A.F.B. in New York as a 1st Lt. in charge of the Phys. Ed. Dept. where he trained servicemen in survival tactics. Arnie was selected to play on the U.S.A.F. Basketball Team and led them to a World Championship victory in 1953. Arnie enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and was a sports enthusiast throughout his life. He was also a creative entrepreneur. As a visionary he established his own franchise chain of 19 drive-in restaurants in 5 Western states. Arnie is survived by his wife, Marjorie; sister Alice Pelkey; daughters Cindy Flinn Weber and Cathy Parker; and grandchildren Lindsey and Dallas Parker. Arnie will be greatly missed and remembered for his generosity, accomplishments, and devotion to family. We're sure the fish are biting in the River Glorious, Dad! Contributions may be made in Arnie's memory to the American Heart Association.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 3, 2006
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