Cecil Flynn

December 03, 1936 ‒ June 22, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

BELLVILLE:  Back in the day Cecil grew up planting and harvesting potatoes on the farm that is now the new addition to the Bellville Cemetery.  He was happy for it to be his final resting place as he had so many fond memories of the farm from his younger years.

Cecil passed away June 22, 2021.  He was born on December 3, 1936 and shared a birthday with his wife Patricia Carol Schlosser Flynn, who preceded him in death on July 26, 2020 and was the love of his life.  They were married 63 years.  Their headstone was the first to be placed in the new addition of the cemetery.

Cecil graduated from Bellville High School in 1957 and began working at the Bellville Gorman Rupp plant where he was a loyal employee for 40 years.  He loved Michigan vacations, raccoon hunting with his buddies, family time, and a good round of golf.  His grandchildren were all so special to him.

Cecil is survived by his children Kimberly Flynn Knapp of Bellville, Teresa (Ted) Catino of Carmel, Indiana, Michael Flynn of Bellville, and Donald Flynn of Bellville; four grandchildren Lindsay (John) Williams, Sara Smouther, McKenzie (Nick) Eaton, and Bryan Michael Flynn; two step-grand-daughters, Kristyn, (Jason) Fitcho and Brynn (Joseph) Jones; and twelve great-grandchildren.  Cecil’s sisters and brothers surviving are Jewelene (Bill) Smith, Tom (Becky) Flynn, Anna Fay Browning, and Daryl (Barb) Flynn.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Lonnie Flynn, and granddaughter Kirstin Morgann Knapp.

He was a pawpaw who was much loved and will be greatly missed.

A private graveside service will be held in Bellville Cemetery in the new addition off of 97, where Cecil and Pat will be laid to rest together.  An open house celebration will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Legion Park in Bellville.

Donations may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA.org) in hopes for a cure.

The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Flynn family and encourage you to share a memory at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


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  • Sorry to hear of Cecils passing. Enjoyed playing golf with him in the 1970’s at Little Apple.
    The family is in my prayers.
    Dennis Snyder

  • Had the opportunity to work with Cecil at GRI for several years. At GRI I would consider him THE MAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND. He could fix anything, to this day we are still using fixtures and equipment that he made. Glad to have worked with him and learned a lot from him. He will definitely be missed.
    Roger and Theresa Brokaw

    • This story warms my heart! Thank you for sharing!

      ~ Lindsay (Cecil’s granddaughter)

  • Worked and shared life with Cecil and Pat because of working at GRI. Cecil was so genuine. He took an interest in all segments of life placing his family at the top of his casual conversation. His smile could light up a room! Rest peacefully my dear friend,
    Judy Tuttle~Carbary

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Cecil’s passing. He was such a dear man and we know how terribly he missed Pat.💔
    Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers for all of you in this loss to your family. May you feel God’s presence, peace and consolation as you mourn his passing.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flynn and extended families. So sorry to hear of Cecil’s passing. He and Pat were always together and we saw them from time to time and had a good visit. Hold tight to the good times and memories that you all made together.

  • Kim, Terry, Mike and Donnie,
    I am so sorry to hear this. I know how much you will miss him. He was a great man. I am sure Pat will be happy to see him. Hugs and prayers.

  • I remember Cecil way back when he and his family would come to my Fathers grocery store and then had the privilege of working with him at GRI. He was one of the main wheels that kept that company going. One of the smartest men I ever knew. Rest in peace my good friend. Prayers to his family

    • My papa could fix anything! Thanks for sharing!

      ~Lindsay (Cecil’s granddaughter)

  • I knew Cecil from working at GRI with him and Doug knew him from the Little Apple. Always a smile, a way to fix things and a golf story. Will miss both Pat and Cecil. Good life and now rest together.

  • Terri Kim, Mike , Donnie and Cecils entire family. You have my deepest sympathy. Cecil was such a wonderful man. He and Pat were such good people. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Terri, Kim, Mike and Donnie, you have our sincere sympathy. Cecil was a great and fun guy. He and your Mother had a great love story for so many years. They were both wonderful and caring friends.

    Love, Harry and Bev (Snavely) Cole

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I went to school with Fay and Jewelene.

  • Cecil was one of a kind. Too many good memories to recall, from working with him, and golfing on GRI league. He will be greatly missed. Praying for the family during this time of great loss. Stan Black

  • Kim, Terri, Mike, and Donny:
    I was sad to read of your dad’s passing. Reading his obituary – made me think of all those times that my dad coon hunted with your dad, the cookouts we had , when we went to Upper Michigan with your family, and just the fun times we had during our “younger” years. Living near your mom and dad for that short period of time was a joy to see them more often. Your dad and mom will both be missed. My thoughts are with all of you and your families for comfort that your dad and mom are together again.
    Prayers for strength and comfort,
    Chris (Ransom) Parker

  • Sorry to hear about Cecil’s passing Cecil & GG was Great People to know they were was always so Kind to me My Prayers & Thoughts go out to Terri, Kim, Mike & Don also to Lindsay, Sara McKenzie & Families!

  • Kim, Terri, Mike and Donnie,
    You were blessed with awesome parents! My prayers are with you all! Knowing they are together once again has to make you feel better! Truly best friends and showed so much love. Respected by all who knew them! What a legacy! 💕🙏

  • So sorry for your loss. Cecil and Pat were two wonderful people. Always so friendly and kind. Prayers for all of the family.

  • Much love to the Flynn family from the Pentz family. As you gather together and celebrate your dad’s life, please know that we hold you all in our thoughts and prayers. Your parents, and your entire family, has been such a blessing to our family and to all who had the gift of knowing them.

    With much love, Mimie Pentz-Vahue

  • The Flynn Family,
    Pat and Cecil were two of the kindest, most caring and loving people I ever met. Playing golf with them in a couples league at The Goldens Pleasant Hill Golf Course was some of my most enjoyable and memorable times. So sad they are no longer with us in person, but will always be with us in spirit. May you find peace knowing they are now together again and with so many other loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Flynn family, especially Mike,
    Please accept my sympathy for 2 special friends, from Pat doing my hair, playing on the Friday night golf league at Pleasant Hill and then Little Apple and finding a place to eat afterwards. Such good times and memories. Pat and Cec were just a special couple, whose house was always open to every one. Cherish your memories and be at peace..

  • Dear Family, Such a sweet and caring couple; including you kids! Paul’s memories go… way back to the time his Dad moved them from Ky. to Lexington Cockley Potato Farm. Many growing up stories are still very precious as they reminisced when seeing each other! Thank God for the good times…keeping you in our prayers.

  • I am so sorry to learn about Cecil’s passing – he was a wonderful man and will be missed. I worked with him at GRI and I remember that he was always well thought of by all of his coworkers…including me. Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.