Donald Lewis Flinner

Donald Lewis Flinner, a resident of Willow Springs, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 while at his residence. He was born September 24, 1937 in Kansas City, MO to Lewis Elvin and Annita A. (Sawin) Flinner and was 83 years old.
Donald grew up and attended school in Kansas City. During his time at Southwest High School, he joined the ROTC and was promoted to Lieutenant in his Senior year.  He graduated with the Class of 1955. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 1, 1958 and served his country for more than 20 years in military intelligence. It has been said that Donald was a car "fanatic" and in 1972 he purchased a new bright orange Corvette, and proudly shared his love of cars with his nephews. Don deeply appreciated his solitary life, which he shared with his dog. He also enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Julia Bedsaul.
He is survived by three nephews: Bill Bedsaul and his wife, Beth of Harrisonville, MO; Hank Bedsaul and his wife, Rhonda of Raytown, MO; and Ken Bedsaul and his wife, Susan of Kansas City, MO.  Further survivors include several great nieces and nephews.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC. Online condolences may be left at

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