Michael D. Flynn
May 3, 1959 – January 20, 2022
VISITATION: Tuesday, January 25th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, January 26th, 11am at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St. in La Vista. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Wednesday, 2pm, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to Myotonic Dystrophy Association (MDA), Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, or Child Fund International.
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Michael “Mike” David Flynn, age 62, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2022, in Omaha, NE. Mike was born on May 3, 1959, in Swindon, UK where his father was stationed. His father, Patrick Flynn, was a US citizen, born in Ireland, who met Mike’s mother, Daphne Pope Flynn, while serving in England in the US military.
During his father’s military service, the family lived in Florida, Germany, Kansas, Nebraska, and England. Growing up in England, Mike demonstrated his strong work ethic landing his first job at a butcher shop as a teenager. While in England he also grew to love soccer and took this passion to America where he played, coached, and found his favorite job refereeing youth soccer. He came to enjoy a variety of other sports and played baseball, racquetball, tennis, and even some American football.
Mike graduated from Bellevue High School (NE) in 1977 and moved to San Diego, CA where he worked as a computer programmer for a food company. After moving back to Bellevue, Mike joined the Air Force, serving 1980-1984 and being awarded the Silver Star. While in the Air Force he met his first wife, Cheryl Barnard Flynn (married 1982 – 1989). They had two children, Erin and Patrick. Following his time in the Air Force, he served in the Coast Guard for five years, 1984-1989. After his discharge, he worked for Lancer Label and Industrial Label, in Omaha, NE. Mike earned a BS in Business Management from Bellevue University in 1999.
Also in 1999, Mike married Judith Heermann Flynn. Together they enjoyed dancing, bowling, and traveling and often hosted many family and friends visiting Omaha. Mike relished entertaining the children, regaling all with stories and challenging anyone to trivia. His interests included history, classical rock, documentaries, action movies, and television oldies. Mike was also an avid Celtics, Raiders, and Husker fan.
Mike resiliently faced the challenges of Myotonic Dystrophy. Although pushed into an early retirement, he always longed to be back at work and kept himself busy. When everyday activities became difficult, he never gave up and worked hard to maintain his strength. He was always grateful to the many doctors, caregivers, and wife Judy for continuing to support his independence.
Michael was passionate about promoting the well-being of children around the world. He volunteered with the Special Olympics, and faithfully supported Child Fund International, Food for the Hungry, and the Native American Children’s Fund.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Daphne; parents-in-law, Frank and Esther Heermann; and brother-in-law, Dale Heermann. He is survived by his wife, children, sister Deborah, nephews, John and Paul Sanderson, and sister-in-law, Betty Heermann. Mike is also survived by many extended family members throughout the world including Ireland, England, Australia, and the US.