Willard R. Flynn, 92, of Hood River, Ore., passed away on Sept. 3, 2013, at the Hood River Care Center, and now joins his wife, Frances, who passed away March 30, 2013.
Willard was born March 3, 1921, in Sheridan, Ore., to Almond “Am” and Anna (Gottwaldt) Flynn. He was raised in Sheridan and attended Sheridan High School.
He joined the Merchant Marines, then joined the Army in 1942 and was discharged in 1946.
Upon his return to Sheridan, he met and later married Frances Papstein on Dec. 22, 1948. He worked for 29 years for the telephone system in Sheridan, Redmond and finally Hood River.
He joined the Sheridan Masonic Lodge in 1946 and the Sheridan Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1948. He is a past patron of the Sheridan Chapter. He joined the Elks Lodge in McMinnville in 1952.
Over the years, Willard enjoyed camping, water-skiing, bowling, golfing, fishing and trap shooting. He also loved watching Trail Blazer basketball games, frequently expressing frustration that games were “blacked out” in Hood River.
He is survived by his brother-in-law, Cordell “Bud” Papstein.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, who passed away in March of this year. Many laughs and good times with Willard will be fondly remembered by his family and dear friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Interment at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., will take place at a later date.
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