Larry D. Flinders
June 23, 1945 ‒ October 05, 2011
MANSFIELD: Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. Larry Flinders lived by this well known quote, and a wonderful dad he was. Always there to hear what his children needed to say, and when he spoke, Larry shared his wisdom so that it might be passed down through them. A special father and patriarch, Larry D. Flinders of Mansfield, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 66.
He was born June 23, 1945 in Stricklett, Kentucky, one of four sons to Claude Nelson and Alberta (Gilbert) Flinders.
A lifelong Mansfield area resident, Larry worked at the former Autocall Corporation in Shelby in the shipping department and warehouse. He retired from Allied Supply Company, Inc. in 2009.
On December 7, 2000 he married his love Donna M. (Sweet) Henry; they were together for over 32 years.
An avid sports fan, Larry was dedicated to his Cleveland professional teams, the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers. He rarely missed a game on television, and remained loyal even through the losing streaks.
Larry truly enjoyed his family, spending time with them at family dinners, or playing a game of euchre.
He is survived by five children and their spouses John and Rachael Henry of Mansfield, Ken H. Henry of Shelby, Linda and John Ibriks of Mansfield, Cindy and Tim Karlicek of Vista, California and Alice and Jim Wheeler of Watertown, Tennessee. Also surviving are grandchildren Johnny (Jessica) Ibriks, Donna Karlicek, Kyle Karlicek, Emily Worthington, Amy Jones, Mandy Henry, Blaine Henry (Kayla Hamilton), Teaa Smith, Kacie Smith and Jimmy Wheeler; great grandchildren Courtney and Lyla Worthington, Sebastian, Anna and Molly Jones, and Jonathan Henry; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Shirley Henry of Avon Lake, Cherryl and Greg Kemp of South Carolina; an aunt Betty Blevins, and special cousin Terry Blevins both of Mansfield, along with numerous extended family members, and his faithful Chihuahua Slugger.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife Donna Flinders on November 6, 2005, a granddaughter Anna Henry, three brothers Gene, Wayne and Bob Flinders; and his dog Bandit.
Friends may call Monday, October 10, 2011 from 5-8 pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 am. Pastor Ron Biddle will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to Crossroads Community Church may be made through the funeral home.
Private online condolences to the Flinders family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com