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Fred Garnett Flynn, 80, formerly of Somerset, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at St. Vincent Kokomo, after an extended illness. Born Feb. 20, 1937, in Lee County, Kentucky, Fred was the son of Lydia (Chambers) and Grover Flynn.
His family moved to Somerset in 1948. He attended Pisgah Elementary School. At Somerset High, he was a member of the Spanish and Folk Dance Clubs and, with twirling "twin" Ronald Cinnamon, led the Somerset High School marching band, twice winning the Kentucky state baton twirling championship. After graduation in 1954, he attended Ball State University in Muncie, working part time at Marsh Foodliner and teaching ballroom and swing dance lessons.
Returning to Somerset, Fred began his food service career by working at, then later managing, the Dairy Queen. At the request of SHS band director Don Stone and in collaboration with dance instructor Katherine Hines, he helped form and train Somerset's 16-member synchronized twirling group, the Jumperettes, in 1956.
Fred was drafted in 1959, spending three years in the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. On returning home, he was employed in the loan department of First and Farmers' Bank, still serving in the National Guard.
He married in 1963 and, in 1965, moved his family to Kokomo, where he managed the Pizza King restaurants for 50 years.
Throughout his life, he loved music and dancing, growing gigantic ornamental flowers, good food and good spirits, cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, and visiting with the many faithful customers whom he served over the years.
Fred is survived by a daughter, Fran Coalburn, and son-in-law, Mike, Russiaville; a son, Christopher Flynn, Clearwater, Florida; a granddaughter, Lydia Coalburn, Anderson; his former wife, Judith W. Flynn, Kokomo; a sister, Mary Morgan, Syracuse; a brother, Jesse Flynn, Somerset, Kentucky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Doc, Lexington, Kentucky, Max, Bob, and Joe Somerset, Kentucky.
In accordance with his wishes, Fred was cremated and a private memorial service was held in Kokomo. Stout and Son Funeral Home, Russiaville, was in charge of final arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Published on July 24, 2017
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