Flinn served as Deputy Supreme Knight for the Order from 1984 until 1997, when he retired. As Deputy Supreme Knight, Flinn served as Chief Operating Officer for the Knights of Columbus.
“Ellis Flinn was a man devoted to his family, his community and his faith. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.
Born in 1934, Flinn was a native of Woodward, Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Sciences from Drake University in Des Moines, and was an Army veteran.
He was active in Father Justin Cunningham Council 11324 at the University of Virginia.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his son, Kelton Flinn; his daughter, Keri Flinn Smallie; their spouses, and several grand children.