Rev. William Francis Flanagan died on April 10, 2014 at the Salt River Community Care Center in Shelbina, Mo.

Rev. William Francis Flanagan died on April 10, 2014 at the Salt River Community Care Center in Shelbina, Mo.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to  7 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, The Rosary will be recited at 4:45 p.m. and a parish scripture service will be at 7 p.m. A Rite of Reception will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church.

Father Bill will be buried in his homeland of Ireland.

He was born April 8, 1931, in Ballinlough, County Roscommon, Ireland, to Patrick and Bridget (Delia) Flynn Flanagan, the youngest of their five children, including twins Patrick and Terence, Veronica (Vera), and John Joseph.

Father Bill attended primary and secondary schools in Roscommon and Limerick, Ireland and Cheshire, England. He was ordained a priest in the Catholic Church by the Most Rev. Daniel Cohalan on June 14, 1964, after completing his studies at St. John's Seminary, Waterford, Ireland. At ordination, he and several of his classmates were recruited by Most Rev. Joseph Marling, C.PP.S., to come to the United States to serve in the Jefferson City Diocese.

His first assignment was as an associate pastor of St. Pius X, Moberly, followed by St. Peter, Jefferson City, and Sts. Peter & Paul, Boonville. He was then assigned as pastor of St. Francis Xavier at Taos, Sts. Peter & Paul at Boonville, Immaculate Conception at Loose Creek, Holy Rosary at Monroe City and St. Stephen at Indian Creek, where he retired in July, 2002. Father Bill also served two, two-year terms, as Dean of the Hannibal Deanery, and during certain periods of time, was Episcopal Vicar for the region of the Diocese of Jefferson City north of I-70, Diocesan Representative to the Missouri Catholic Conference Health Forum, and a Diocesan Representative to St. Mary’s Health Center Ethics Committee.

After retirement, Father Bill lived in the rectory of St. Stephen until May, 2012, when the effects of Parkinson's Disease brought him to Salt River Community Care in Shelbina.

As were the other places he served, Holy Rosary and St. Stephen Parishes were blessed by Father Bill’s gift of leaving behind his family and homeland to come serve us here. He brought with him his sharp Irish wit and wonderful Irish brogue. His easy manner drew people to him and his knowledge of his faith, deep spirituality, and accessible, caring spirit enabled him to minister to those he’d come to serve. Even in retirement and illness he was available to listen, counsel, and offer healing in confession. Though we mourn his passing, we celebrate his joy as he goes to His Lord and his continued intercession for us.  

Father Bill was predeceased by his parents, brothers Patrick, Terence and John, and brother-in-law, Owen O'Neill. He is survived by his sister, Vera, and sister-in-law, Pat Flanagan, one nephew, William (Judy) O'Neill, three nieces, Marion (Rod) Speed, Linda (Simon) Warren, Cathy (Tony) Phillips, three great-nephews, David and Michael O'Neill, three great-nieces, Vicky Warren and Sarah Baynham, great-great-nephews Chris Warren and Jake Baynham, and great-great-niece Lilly Baynham.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to Holy Rosary School Building Fund in care of Yager-Kendrick Funeral Home 545 Stoddard Street Monroe City, Missouri 63456.

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