Orville Flynn

April 10, 1939May 12, 2016
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Orville Winthrop Flynn (fondly known as O.W.) passed away peacefully on May 12, 2016 with his loving family by his side in Florida.

O.W. was born to Charles Bertram and Olivia Flynn on April 10, 1939 in St. Croix, Virgin Island. At a young age, his family migrated to Harlem, New York where he lived with his two younger brothers. O.W. was a born leader, always keeping a watchful eye after his family. He was a good Christian and loved his mother dearly. After graduating from high school, O.W. enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and was initially trained as a Jet Engine Mechanic. His first assignment after training was MCAS Cherry Point, NC in 1958; where he was assigned to VMF(AW)531. He served in Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Okinawa, Hawaii and lastly Vietnam. O.W. earned his Combat Air Crew Wings fighting for our country in the Vietnam War. During his military career, he ran track at several military meets while setting records all over and winning countless medals and trophies.

In 1969, before his final assignment, he was invited to the Olympic trials for long distance running but turned it down for a new position with the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX 1 at Quantico, Virginia; where after several promotions, he was made one of the few in the world to be Crew Chief where he served Presidents: Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and James Earl “Jimmy” Carter along with other countless foreign dignitaries.

On January 31, 1981, O.W. retired from the U.S.M.C. as Master Sergeant and moved to peaceful Jupiter, Florida where he landed a job at Sikorsky, where he continued to work on helicopter engines; shortly after this, he worked at Pratt and Whitney where he worked and retired after 25 years. Throughout his life and great accomplishments; his family and friends argue that there are other accomplishments that are far greater…He was a FEARLESS LEADER that led by example. He was a mentor to his fellow Marines and continued to inspire long after his retirement. His physical condition and appearance was a standard for all Marines. When he was once asked, ‘What his biggest accomplishment was?” His response: “His Children.”

He was a devoted, loving husband, father, and friend who many said, that you could always count on. O.W. was preceded in death by his younger brother Oren Alford; father, Charles; mother, Olivia; daughter, Tracey Haynes; and brother Elroy Christian Flynn.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife Maria; brother, Errol Flynn; sisters, Donny Flynn Osborne, Florette Patsy Flynn Caines, Ellery Flynn Christian and Louis Flynn; children Mark, Paula, William, Theresa, Melinda, and Olivia; sons-in-law Aaron, Bryan, and Josh; grandchildren Leslie, Jacqueline, Soriyah, Elizabeth, Jasmine, Datrick, Carolyn, Shamon, Jacques, Micah, and Rohan; great-grandchildren Trey, Alyssa, and Liana; and a host of loving nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

He will be dearly missed by many whose lives he touched.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 PM with a “Celebration of Life” Service to be held in his honor at Aycock Funeral Home in Jupiter, Florida on May 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Light reception will follow.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 22, 2016
  • Visitation Sunday, May 22, 2016
  • Graveside Service Friday, September 30, 2016

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Juan Perez

April 4, 2017

My condolences on the loss of your loved one. O.W. and I were fellow Marines assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, VA. He was a great leader of Marines and my mentor. He loved running so much and inspired me to do the same. We would be seen running the hills of Quantico together on our lunch break. He inspired me so much that till this day I still think of him during my lunchtime runs

Errol Flynn, Jr.

September 12, 2016

My uncle, a man who lived a full life, one which was worth living. You will never be forgotten as your legacy as a Flynn will always be part of who I am. Bye for now.

Josh Brown

May 27, 2016

As I reflect on the times me and Flynn shared were nothing but great to say the least. He was a father figure and role model for me, and much more to others. He will never be gone for the simple fact that he impacted do many lives, he will always be with us. I am thankful to have come in contact with a such a distinguished man. Love you to life Flynn!

Eric Herrera

May 26, 2016

I'm sorry for your loss. This goes without saying but your dad was one of best people I've ever met. His been there for me and my family long before I can remember he will be missed by all of us.

Nicole Wicker

May 26, 2016

Beautiful tribute to your father and the legacy that he has left will remain forever through those he touched and through you!! He will always be in your heart and you will always miss him just as much, but you can hold your head high knowing that part of him is carried on in you and your siblings. You all made him very proud I'm sure!!! What a blessing to have had a father like that!!!

Tedd Herrman

May 26, 2016

Not a day goes by that I don't reflect on the lessons I learned from this man. An extraordinary Marine that will be remembered by everyone he touched. Semper Fi.

Bill Broughton

May 26, 2016

Thanks so much for opening your heart to all of us who loves and respect your Dad. He was and is a super Marine

Bob GrandpaDrift Fagan

May 26, 2016

God Bless you and your family are in our Prayers ! Your Dad meant so much to many US MARINES ! He'll be guarding ST PETERS HEAVENS GATES with my Dad and a battalion of other US MARINES !

May 26, 2016

RIP old friend. A great Marine One crew chief ,but a better friend.

Jack Arnold

May 26, 2016

Another Marine reporting Sir! RIP old friend!