John Robert Flynn, 51, of Maywood, Mo., passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. at the Bickford Cottage of Quincy in Quincy, Ill., after a courageous battle with cancer.

John Robert Flynn, 51, of Maywood, Mo., passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. at the Bickford Cottage of Quincy in Quincy, Ill., after a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo. The Rev. Steve Disseler will officiate.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Mr. Flynn was born on October 10, 1961, in Moberly, Mo., the son of Robert Leo and Wilma Jean Miers Flynn.
He married Abbie Eisenberg on January 1, 1994, in Maywood, Mo.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Abbie Flynn of Maywood, Mo.; his children, Alisha Schroeder (Vic) of Lewistown, Mo., Kristin Rees (Tim Brown) of Chesterfield, Mo., and Heather Rees of Quincy, Ill.; his sister, Roberta Jean Leverett of Paris, Mo.; his brother-in-law, Merlin Eisenberg (Lauri) of Quincy, Ill.; his sister-in-law, Elaine Gorrell (Lynn) of Canton, Mo.; his grandsons, Dylan Schroeder and Preston Schroeder; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
John graduated from Paris, Mo., High School in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri Columbia as a graduate student.
John was employed by Green America Recycling, a subsidiary of Continental Cement of Hannibal. In an effort to recognize outstanding efforts to promote health and safety for the employees at Green America Recycling (GAR), an annual award was established. This award is presented to an individual within the GAR organization that provided health and safety benefits above and beyond the daily efforts necessary to maintain a healthy and safe workplace. John Flynn was the first recipient of the award for having developed and led an approvals committee for reviewing all potential waste streams to be used for energy recovery.
John’s team developed a list of chemicals that were not acceptable to use as fuels as well as determining safety protocols for waste that were considered acceptable. From monitoring the workplace to determine proper personal protective equipment, to reviewing each load of wastes for compatibility and proper handling, John provided a much safer and healthier workplace for all of GAR. In fact, due to John’s valuable efforts over a 23-year career, this annual health and safety award was named in his honor. John’s positive impact on the health and safety for all workers at GAR will be appreciated for years to come.
He enjoyed being outdoors, participating in some of his favorite activities, which included target shooting, hunting, fishing and riding across the fields and along the river banks on his four wheeler, with his wife Abbie. John was a very kind and caring person. He greatly loved spending time with his grandson, Preston, and grandpuppy, BamBam.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Unity Point at Home Hospice, in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.