Howard Dean Flynn – 81 of Avon Lake formerly of Lakewood, passed away suddenly, Saturday, November 13, 2010.  Howard was born November 19, 1928 in Lakewood and had lived in Avon Lake since 1955.

Howard was a 1947 graduate of Lakewood High School, he served from 1950 to 1952 in the Philippines with the U.S. Navy as a member of the Construction Battalion, known as the SeaBees.  After leaving the service he began a career in the insurance business working for and then in 1967 becoming owner of GFN Insurance Agency, Rocky River.

Howard was a member of the Insurance Board of North East Ohio, the Independent Insurance Agents of Ohio and the Professional Insurance Agents, PIA.

Howard was an active and integral part of many community organizations.

He was a member of the Avon Lake United Church of Christ since moving to Avon Lake, where among other activities, had served as Moderator of the Church, a member of the TV Committee and the Friday Morning Men’s Breakfast Prayer Group.  In 1970 Howard was recognized by the Avon Lake Jaycees , Man of the Year for distinguished community Service.  Howard was a member and 1977 president of the Kiwanis Club of Avon Lake, joining the club January 26, 1967 and had perfect attendance for 43 years.  As a Kiwanian, he spearheaded, chaired and worked on many projects but he may be best know as the “Kiwanis Pancake Flipper”.  For over 20 years, Howard would promote the annual pancake breakfast by flipping pancakes as he rode atop the Kiwanis Homecoming Parade Float.

He was the longest active member of Mighty Goliath Productions, working with the musical theater group for 48 years.  Howard volunteered as MGP’s treasurer, as a member of the set building committee and was the first inductee into the MGP Hall of fame in 1997.  He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 211, Avon Lake.  Howard enjoyed golf, playing in the Kiwanis’ Golf League, the Friday Sweetbriar Couple’s League as well as many rounds of golf with friends whenever time would permit.  He was proud to have scored a hole-in-one at the Aqua Marine Course.  Although Howard raised three girls he coached boys’ baseball with the Avon Lake Youth Baseball Federation and for 40 plus years, as a season ticket holder, he cheered on  the Avon Lake High School Shoremen Football Team.  In addition and most importantly Howard was a proud grandfather, devoted to following each of his grandchildren’s activities.

Howard will be dearly missed by many and mostly by his family; his wife of 61 years, Gladys (nee Cumler); three daughters Sandi Gerhan of Avon Lake, Nancy Daniels (Larry) of Avon Lake and Debbie Henderson of Amherst; six grandchildren Becky Whitt (Matt) of Westerville, Jake Gerhan of Peru, IL, Brad Daniels of Columbus, Adam Henderson of Dublin, Jennifer Henderson of Elyria and Stephanie Henderson of Amherst and a great granddaughter Aryanna


Howard is preceded in death by his parents, Walter P. and Laura J. (nee Rothenbecker) Flynn, the aunt who raised him Lolly Rothenbecker, two brothers Thomas and Richard Flynn and a sister Marguerite Darnell.

A memorial service will be at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, Saturday, November 20 at 2:00pm.  Rev. Kelly Brill of the church will officiate.  Arrangements and cremation are by the Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake and interment will be private in the Avon Lake United Church of Christ Memorial Garden.

Memorial Contributions may be forwarded to the Avon Lake United Church of Christ or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5000 Rockside Rd., Cleveland, 44131. For more information or to send an online condolence go to


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