Donald Flinn died Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 78.
A public visitation following the guidelines put forth by the state will be held Monday, May 25, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo. Only 10 people will be allowed in the funeral home at a time. If you are not comfortable coming in to pay respects to the family, please drive up to the front door. Masks are encouraged as well as social distancing guidelines to be followed.
A private family service will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 1:30 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo With Rev. Donald S. McKee officiating. A live stream of the service will be available on Don’s obituary page starting at 1:15 PM. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Donald Llewellyn Flinn was born June 18, 1941 in Montevideo, MN the son of Howard and Katherine (Miller) Flinn. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Montevideo and graduated from Montevideo Senior High School in 1959. Donald served in the US Navy for three years before his honorable discharge in 1962. Following his discharge, he attended Mankato State University. He was united in marriage with Cheryl Wik on November 22, 1974 in Watertown, SD. They made their home in Montevideo before moving to Aberdeen SD. Together they raised their daughter, Jacquelyn. Jackie was her dad's pride and joy. Don worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and then for the Burlington Northern Railroad. They returned to Montevideo in 2015.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, VFW, and the American Legion. He enjoyed attending the First Presbyterian Church in Mansfield, SD, watching the MN Vikings, and going for afternoon coffee. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. Donnie loved his grandchildren dearly. He had a very special bond with Grace. They loved to go for walks together and he enjoyed letters Grace sent him in braille. He also enjoyed watching Griffen play. Griffen was always there to offer grandpa his hand.
Don is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a daughter, Jacquelyn Lefforge and her husband Robert of Sioux Falls, SD; one granddaughter, Grace; one grandson, Griffen; a sister-in-law, Jane Flinn; a brother, Dallas Flinn; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; an infant sister, Kathy Ann Flinn; and three brothers: Jeff Flinn, Sr., Gary Flinn, and Greg Flinn.