Obituary: Thomas Michael Flynn


May 13, 2022

Thomas “Tom” Flynn, 85, of Cloquet passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at Diamond Willow. He was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Cloquet, the son of William and Irene (Bodway) Flynn. Tom graduated from Cloquet High School in 1955.

After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. Tom worked at Northwest Paper and the Potlatch Corporation as a millwright. After retirement, he worked as a driver for Kolar and Cloquet Ford Chrysler.

Tom enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, going to the shack and the cabin at Torch Light Lake. Tom was a member of the Carl Anderson American Legion Post 262, Potlatch Quarter Century Club, and the Big Lake Gun Club.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Diane (Mattson) Flynn; brother Gerald Flynn; and two sisters, Marian Ehrman and Patricia Tasky. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan (Kamunen) Flynn; daughters Machele Flynn and Lisa (Jim) Wise; stepdaughter Kristen Kamunen; grandchildren Justin (Krystal) Wise and Jennifer (Alec) Fagre-Golya; great-grandchildren Cheyanne and Addison Wise and Nelson Goyla; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a thank-you to the staff at Diamond Willow and St. Croix Hospice for the care and compassion given to Tom.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet.


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