Samuel John Flickinger Jr., on Friday, August 21, 2020. Born on December 12, 1922 in Columbia Hospital in Washington, DC to Samuel John Flickinger and Anna Isakson Flickinger. He is also preceded in death by 3 of his 4 siblings: Shirley Margaret Walsh, Loren Joseph Flickinger and Murl F. Cook.
Samuel married Jeanne Elizabeth Stanley on June 19, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in Evanston, Illinois. As they were about to welcome their first child, they bought the first and only house they would raise their family in for almost 68 years. While Jeanne was delivering Mark in the hospital on Oct 29, 1952, Sam was out moving into that house on Crestwood Road. Jeanne passed on May 8, 2016.
Samuel is the father of Mark (Susan) Flickinger, Nancy Flickinger, Paul (Jannie) Flickinger, Linda (Dan) Hoilman, Ellen (Rob) Payne and the late Karen (Marty) Simmons; grandfather of Krista (Nick) DiBartolomeo, John Flickinger, Michael Flickinger, Kelsey Flickinger, Danny Hoilman, Ryan Hoilman, Samantha Payne, Kaylee Payne, Dillyn Payne, Bobby Payne, Kaitlin Simmons, Keegan Simmons and Molly Simmons; great grandfather of Peter Flynn DiBartolomeo. Samuel is also survived by his brother, John Louis Flickinger.
Samuel graduated from St. John’s College High School in Washington DC in 1941; then from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1950 with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree; and again from Catholic University in 1953 with a Master of Aeronautical Engineering degree.
Samuel served during the Second World War in the United States Navy from May 12, 1942 - August 9, 1946 and received the following Decorations: American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, WWII Victory, and Naval Reserve Medal. He retired as a Commander from the US Navy on January 1, 1970.
He was a Commercial Pilot of Single and Multiengine airplanes; and was a Registered Professional Engineer both in Washington, DC and Maryland.
Samuel's career included several different posts - 1942 Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone installer telephone equipment; 1943 Interior Department payroll section; 1943 - 1946 US Navy Ensign and Naval Aviator; 1949 – 1950 Interior Department Engineering Draftsman; 1950 – 1980 US Navy Aeronautical Engineer: NSRDC (1950-1954), BUAER (1954-1960), BUWEPS (1960-1966), NAVAIR (1966-1980); and at Vitro Corp. Senior Engineer.
Samuel was known to some by the nickname - Commander Salamander.
Visitation will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 9705 Summit Avenue, Kensington, MD on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 10:30 am with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Samuel's name to The National Kidney Foundation, 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW # 300, Washington DC 20015, (202) 244-7900.
National Kidney Foundation
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, #300, Washington DC 20015