James "Pat" Flinn, 74

James Patrick “Pat” Flinn, 74, of Peru, passed away at 4:28 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Autumn Ridge Nursing Home, Wabash, of advanced stages of Alzheimer's.

A lifetime resident of Wabash County, Pat was born on Feb.  22, 1943, in Wabash, to Jim and Jesse (Durnbaugh) Flinn.  On Oct. 1, 1966, Pat married Linda Lobdell. They shared 51 years together and have one son, Erick.

Pat worked 45 years at General Tire retiring in 2006.  He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, trapping and gunsmithing.  He handcrafted many duck & goose calls, knives and cannons.  He also rebuilt many guns. 

He was one of the first members of the Wabash Wildlife and Sportsman’s Association, and was a longtime member of the NRA.  He enjoyed spending much of his summers on Silver Lake, Indiana, where his family had a cottage.  He took pride in showing Erick his favorite fishing spots at many Indiana lakes.  

He was a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters for four years.  Once his grandson, JJ, was old enough, Pat took great pleasure in teaching him the many tricks he knew of hunting, fishing and how to use his mills and lathes in his home shop.

Pat is survived by his wife, Linda, Peru; son Erick and Ronda, and grandson JJ, all of Warsaw.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash with the Rev. Ralph Johnson officiating.  Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Shelter of Wabash County, 810 Manchester Ave, Wabash, IN 46992

The memorial guestbook for Pat can be signed on-line at


Posted on 2018 Jan 09