Richard P. Flentye passed away peacefully in Irvine, CA on May 1, 2006. He was born in LaPorte Indiana on April 4, 1916 to Frank C. and Maude Flentye. A long time resident of Gardena, he was also a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Gardena for over 35 years. He retired from Northrop Corp. after 33 years of service and moved to Lake Elsinore in 1981. Preceded in death by his wife Twila, Richard leaves behind his 7 children: George Flentye of NY, Patricia Salamone of Mobile, AL, Richard Flentye Jr. of Irvine, Chris Flentye of Redding, CA., Frank Flentye of Gardena, Fred Flentye of Redondo Beach and Robert Flentye of Torrance CA. Also survived by his brother, Frank of Vista, CA. He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Ethel. He was active member in the Knights of Columbus, and the Boy Scouts of America. His hobbies were gardening, cooking, bowling, dancing but mostly his family. A gathering of family & friends will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2006 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM with Rosary services at 7:00 PM at the McMillan McCormick Mortuary in Gardena. Mass of Christrian burial will be 10:00 AM Monday at St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church in Gardena. Entombment will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. To all who knew him and loved him – especially my family. Dad was such a kind and peaceful man. You could not have known him and not loved and respected him. He was the King of optimism. He set such a good example for us as children and he lost none of his zeal for life in his golden years. I remember one summer visit when all he wanted to do was to go to Catalina Island. His physical body was reluctant, but his heart and soul convinced everyone that he could make it. It turned out to be a great time for everyone and without his optimism we would have missed it. We will all miss him. We are a fortunate family, a legacy of which we are proud.

  2. To all of the Flentyes, I have had the honor of knowing your father for the last months of his life. His sweet smile, sense of humor and beautiful twinkling blue eyes always made a special day for me. He was so proud of his children, so very proud. I can see why. You are so blessed to have a father like your father. I feel blessed to have known him. He will always be in my heart. Love Jan Hunt

  3. I remember all the summers I spent with Uncle Dick and the family. They are treasures I will hold in my heart forever. The world is missing a piece of itself with him not sharing it with us any longer. My love to the family, I share your sadness.

  4. I am a very very fortunate person. My Father showed me Jesus from the instant I was born. My Dad was a active Catholic, participating in the church as an usher and scripture reader during the Mass. Dad supported his kids and let us have a world that was boundless. We grew up with a kids resort type of household. We did every sport known and a few he invented. Dad new about almost everything. He could and did fix anything that broke. Our garage was full of tools that we were allowed to use (I don’t mind you using it If you only put it back). Dad was quite the tolerant man letting us play our eletric guitars and drums everyday. We had a Go-Cart, a Mini Bike, Mortor Cycles, Cars, all with their engines running from sun up to after dark. Our friends were always over at the house. Dad took us everywhere. Out camping it was natural to take a dirt road just to see where it went. I am so blessed to be his son. He is a symbol of the American Father.

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