William Joseph Flanagan


May 8, 1948 - January 18, 2010


     William Joseph Flanagan was born on May 8th, 1948 to Raymond and Alta Flanagan in Mitchell, SD.  He died at home after a courageous battle with heart disease on Monday, January 18, 2010.  Bill grew up in Alexandria and Spencer, SD.  He joined the Navy in 1965 and was stationed in the Philippines for two years.  He was honorably discharged in 1969.  After his service in the Navy, Bill was a truck driver for many years until he was forced into early retirement due to his health.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and had a passion for playing cards, gardening and the outdoors. 


     He is survived by one sister, Rae (Don) Sieverding of Spencer, SD; five sons: Scott (Kara) of Humboldt, SD, Bryan (Krista) of Ethan, SD; Chris (Arlene) of Sioux Falls, SD, Raymond (Tina) of Volga, SD, Fred (fiancé Taryn) of Mitchell, SD; a daughter, Rebecca (Andreas) Unruh of Mitchell, SD; fourteen grandchildren:  Fisher of Humboldt, SD, Brittan, Katie, Nathan and Zachary of Ethan, SD, Addison and Ashton of Tea, SD, Meredith of Brandon, SD, Hunter, Abby and Autumn of Volga, SD, Bailey, Allie and Kendra of Mitchell, SD.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Patrick and sister, Michele.


Saturday, January 23, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, January 23, 2010
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Memorial Service
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


To Be Announced

Posted by Abigail Flanagan on July 29, 2019
Thinking of you a lot today grandpa. I love and miss you tons!😭❤️
Posted by Sandy Harris on February 4, 2011
I was surprised to hear of his passing. I knew him in his younger days. He was a great guy & lots of fun. I loved him dearly.
Posted by Bob and Mary Ackman on January 26, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Would imagine he has everyone in stitches with the stories he is telling above. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all.
Posted by Hunter on January 23, 2010
I love you
Posted by Jenna Daley Doorn on January 22, 2010

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I will be thinking about you and and the rest of your family as you go through this difficult time. God Bless!

Posted by Diane Larsen on January 22, 2010
I had the privilege and honor to know Bill through my work at the VA. I found him to be a fascinating man who had a clear mission for his life. He had a very strong love for his family--he never visited me without giving me an update on his kids and grandkids. Please know that I share your loss! He was a great man that I will dearly miss.
Posted by Karla Hunter on January 22, 2010
I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed the way Bill brought such fire to a conversation. He will be missed.
Posted by Lonna Preheim Beshai on January 22, 2010
I had the honor and privlidge of getting to know the Flanagan family when his Mom was on hospice care. I'll never forget Bill or the rest of the family. I have wonderful memories from those few short months, so I know that those of you who had him in your life longer are feeling his loss. God be with you.
Posted by Art and Jeannine Zambrano on January 21, 2010
Bill, we thank God that your were a part of our lives. We shared the Navy experience and an unconditional acceptance and positive regard for each other. We will miss you and love you until we meet again. 'Till then, may God bless you with fair winds and a following sea. Sincere condolences to all your family.dc
Posted by Sally M. Scherf on January 21, 2010
Smilin' Bill you will certainly be missed. I am grateful to God for alllowing us to be friends and care for each other. Love you!!
Posted by Char and Mike Hvidsten on January 21, 2010
We will miss you! Our sympathy to the family.
Char and Mike
Posted by Ruth Reif on January 21, 2010
Great picture of the smiling Ol' Irish man! We will miss him greatly!
Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. Pappy & Ruth
Posted by all grandchildren on January 21, 2010
Hi Grandpa.
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