John L. Flynn
November 2, 1959 - January 13, 2021

Colonel John Larry Flynn, 61, of Williamsburg VA, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Sentara Regional Medical Center (Williamsburg, VA), after a month-long battle with Covid-19.

The eldest of four, John was born November 2, 1959 in Wells, MN to proud parents Larry and Carol (Purdie) Flynn. John attended Wells-Easton High School, graduating in 1978. That same year on June 17, John married the love of his life, Stephanie (Segar) Flynn, establishing the foundation of a remarkable and inspiring 42-year loving marriage.

After high school, John enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served for 33 years. With various station assignments across the US and Europe, he made a home for his family wherever his duty led them. He embraced the responsibility of a Medical Service Corp (MSC) leader serving in many capacities to include Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Medical Group Administrator, Inspector with the Air Force Inspection Agency, and Air Combat Command Administrator. After retiring as an Air Force Colonel in July 2011, he returned to Langley AFB as a civilian employee, continuing to foster many admirable relationships both in and out of the office.

Throughout this accomplished career, John was recognized for numerous achievements. He humbly acknowledged these successes were a result of the love and support of those surrounding him. Beyond his awards and honors, he held most pride in the privilege of mentoring the next generation of officers and enlisted. John was respected by leaders, held in high regard by colleagues, and admired for his selfless commitments. His impact reached across oceans; those fortunate to have known him will not forget the fine qualities that counted John among the absolute best of men.

John had a true zest for life and was always planning the next tee time or vacation. If he wasn’t on a golf course, John was traveling, hunting, and undoubtedly taking every opportunity to visit with family and friends. John had many plans to enjoy his retirement with family and enjoying precious time with his grandchildren making memories, honing his golf game, exploring new locations, and finding the perfect bourbon and cigar.

John is survived by his wife, Stephanie of Williamsburg, VA; their children, Jeremy (Gail) Flynn, Spokane, WA, Christine (Michael) Rodarte, Phoenix, AZ, and Lauren (Dallon) Meredith, Ponder, TX; five grandchildren Ashton Flynn, Lydia Rodarte-Farrell, Kylie Rodarte, Revan and Raylan Meredith; his father, Larry Flynn; siblings, Marsha (Byron) Kidder, Mark (LeAndra) Flynn, and Julie (Wayne) Silbernagel along with many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Carol Flynn; grandparents Marshall and O’Ceil (Tenold) Purdie and nephew Nicholas Silbernagel.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, John’s family requests that donations be made in his memory to Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, to support the organization’s wounded warrior programs which he supported and admired for many years. Donations can be sent to the organization at P.O. Box 4334, Charlottesville, VA 22905 or made online at https://www.wintergreenadaptivesports.org/donate.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 1:00pm at Bucktrout of Williamsburg, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The service will also be broadcast online at www.tribucast.com/tcid, TCID Code: 90402670

The family is being assisted by Coastal Cremations.


32 Comments

  • Robert Cresic Posted January 17, 2021 8:42 am

    We are so sorry for your loss Stephanie! Just shouldn’t have happened to a nice guy! We had been praying for recovery. The Cresic family!

  • Russell W Murphy Posted January 17, 2021 8:49 am

    To John’s family, my family and I pray for the Lord’s comfort and healing at this time of lost. John stood out among most not because he was the loudest or wanted the attention. He was a man of character, kindness and warmth. He will always be remembered and we are the better for having him in our lives.
    God Bless you John, I’ll see you on the tee box in Heaven Brother.

  • Cheryl Vaudreuil Posted January 18, 2021 12:13 pm

    A tremendous loss. Your mentorship, kind-words, encouragement, and unwavering dedication to the Air Force Medical Service will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Mr. Flynn and healing prayer to your family during this tragic time.

  • Michelle Sobel Posted January 18, 2021 3:10 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family! I had the honor and pleasure of serving with Col Flynn. He was an incredible, compassionate leader!! He will truly be missed!!

  • Andy & Barb Marchiando Posted January 18, 2021 3:57 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Andy and I both worked with John. I, as an MSC and Andy as an aerospace medicine doc. John took me under his wing and with his mentoring, encouragement, and friendship helped pave the way for me to make the rank of Colonel. I enjoyed his calm, quiet manner and when I was TDY for an extended period of time, I could count on him to help if there was a problem with my orders or pay. He was a special soul.
    Barb and Andy Marchiando

  • Mary Beth Taylor Posted January 18, 2021 5:10 pm

    Stephanie & family, Words can’t express how terribly sorry we are about John. Mark, myself and all three of our kids are shocked. This virus is just so awful. Know that you and the kids / grandkids are all in our prayers & seriously in our thoughts. John was way too young to be taken from you all. Blessings and love to you all.

  • Rob Cothron Posted January 19, 2021 7:00 pm

    Godspeed my friend.

  • James & Danielle Duggan Posted January 21, 2021 8:30 am

    My friend…how I will miss your laugh. Our dinners together with our little group of friends were always so much fun. The food, the conversation…the bourbon wasn’t bad either. Those will never be the same but we will push on, as I know you would want us to do, and toast you every chance we get. I’ll never forget you and neither will Dani. We miss you so much but I know we’ll see you again. Until then we will remember you and cherish our memories together. Fly high my friend. We love you.

  • Laurel (Mosser) Moran Posted January 21, 2021 4:32 pm

    I am saddened by the loss of my classmate John and heartbroken for Steph and their family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carolyn Trevis Posted January 21, 2021 6:28 pm

    Steph and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of John. He was a very nice man and although I didn’t know him well, I always thought he was one of the good guys in high school. It was unfair that he did not more years to enjoy retirement and his grandchildren. But I am sure you have many wonderful memories that hopefully will give you comfort.

  • Terri (Blank) VanHoudt Posted January 21, 2021 7:37 pm

    Heart felt prayers to Steph and John’s family and friends. John was always a kind heart.
    John is a fellow classmate of mine.

  • Tony and Jeannette Curling Posted January 21, 2021 7:48 pm

    We will cherish the times we spent with John for a lifetime. He has made an everlasting impression on our family and will remain in our hearts. His smile and and kindness touched everyone that knew John. We will truly miss him but honored to remember the most genuine and kindhearted man we have ever met.

  • Shawn Ramsey Posted January 21, 2021 8:01 pm

    My Heart, Hugs and prayers for healing to you Steph, Christine, Jeremy and Lauren. 💕

  • Audrey Meyer Posted January 21, 2021 9:10 pm

    Hi I was a childhood friend of the Flynn s
    My Sympathies to all.
    Audrey

  • Val and Dar Swonsen Posted January 21, 2021 9:28 pm

    John was one in a million , he left a legacy and will be remembered by many who have had the privilege of knowing him. Our Love and Prayers go out to Stephanie and family, John is not fa away because he will forever live on in your hearts!

  • Vic and Jin Caravello Posted January 21, 2021 11:25 pm

    John was a great man and will be missed by so many! We offer our deepest condolences and have you in our prayers.

  • Craig Salisbury Posted January 21, 2021 11:31 pm

    Mark, Marsha and family:
    Sorry for your loss. May you find peace and strength during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers for the entire Flynn family.

  • James and Judy Purdie Posted January 22, 2021 8:10 am

    Words can NOT describe how bad we feel! We Love you and your family. John will be truly be missed by all. You are in our prayers.

  • Stephen Burns Posted January 22, 2021 9:46 am

    I was Col. Flynn’s high school baseball coach. He was my left fielder. I am very shocked and saddened by the death of this fine man. I remember him as a very dedicated athlete who always gave his best. He apparently continued this attitude into the military and was very successful. My most heartfelt condolences to his family. Coach Burns

  • Daniel Lombardi Posted January 22, 2021 10:57 am

    Stephanie and family,
    I pray for John’s soul and morn with you all at his passing. He was a great man, and always enjoyed his smile. It makes us realize how short this life on earth really is. He will be in my prayers as he makes his way to heaven. May he rest in peace in the comfort of our Lord’s arms.

  • Melissa Meister Posted January 22, 2021 11:28 am

    With deepest sympathy as you remember John. I didn’t know him for long, but I caught a glimpse of his deep love for his wife and family when I met him and his wife and we talked about their retirement plans.

  • Cynthia McZeal Posted January 22, 2021 12:13 pm

    You and your family is in my prayers.

  • Thomas Pagenkopf Posted January 23, 2021 8:43 pm

    Stephanie, words can not express our sorrow with the loss of John. No doubt through his career he was a true role model for those he led and mentored, an accomplished man with integrity, self worth and purpose. Respectfully Thomas Pagenkopf Class of 78 Wells HS

  • Norm Posted January 24, 2021 8:27 pm

    We are saddened by your loss, and our hearts go out to you. You have our deepest sympathies.

  • Carol Vermillion-Beckham Posted January 25, 2021 9:02 am

    It was my honor to have known John and served with him in USAF. I will always remember his wonderful smile and positive attitude. Prayers to John, Stephanie and there children.
    Col (retired) Carol Vermillion-Beckham

  • Melinda & Brian Evans Posted January 25, 2021 10:45 am

    We are thankful to have shared so many wonderful memories with John. From dance classes (you both were so much fun to have in class) and being invited to your annual soup cook-off was the best. We wish you and your family peace, comfort and prayers during this hard time. Hugs and Love, Brian and Melinda Evans

  • Randy and Caroline White Posted January 26, 2021 8:36 am

    John was a remarkable man. We were fortunate enough to get to know John and Stephanie over the past year and we will cherish the memories of him fondly. John was always smiling, calm, loving and a whole lot of fun to be around. His love for Stephanie would radiate from his face when they were together. John will be greatly missed. Stephanie, we will always be here for you. With prayers and love. Randy and Caroline White

  • G. Shane Hendricks Posted January 26, 2021 1:58 pm

    John, you will be greatly missed. I treasure that I got to know you over the four years I was at ACC. I have nothing but fond memories of our weekend golf outings and also our occasional herfs and dinners. Thanks so much and I will see you soon. My condolences to Stephanie, John’s family, and all of his friends.

  • Neil Putdie Posted January 26, 2021 2:01 pm

    Watching the service brought back a flood of memories of John. How proud I was 61 years ago to become an uncle, having this chubby, bubbling baby boy as my first nephew, watching him through the years become the amazing man that he became. Rest In Peace John your memory lives on.

  • Lynn M Johnson Posted January 26, 2021 2:08 pm

    John was a great friend and a great travel mate. While we were both stationed at HQ AFIA (Kirtland AFB) in Albuquerque, NM, we had many great times together. Whether it was golfing in ABQ, or completing our USAF mission somewhere in the world, John was always a super guy to spend time with. RIP, John, I will always remember you as a kind and caring man. Hit ’em long and straight!

  • Jerry and Kitty Dillard Posted January 26, 2021 2:59 pm

    Our prayers are with your family at this time. The suddenness of this unexpected tragedy is overwhelming. Although we only knew John for a short time, we are so glad to have met him. We are so very grateful to have Lauren in our family. I am truly appreciative that John was able to meet his newest grandson. May God hold your family in his hands in the coming months.

  • MSgt (Retired) C. Warren Solberg Posted February 4, 2021 10:10 pm

    I send my condolences to you and your family in this difficult time and pray for your family to be comforted by our Lord’s promise.


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