Francis was named for his Uncle Francis Flynn, his mother's brother.
He was raised by his grandparents (both Van Gundys and Flynns) from
the age of 2 after his mother died and his father joined the Air
Force. His father remarried twice but neither step-mother wanted him,
so he remained with the old folks.
7/31/1922 His 5th birthday was reported in the newspapers:
"Sunday was the 5th birthday anniversary of master Francis Walter
VaGundy and in honor of the event two celebrations were held. On
Saturday a party was given at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Dan VanGundy. Eighteen little tots attended the party. (Listed
were the names of the "tots" as well as several adults, including his
4 grandparents, Mrs Dewey Van Gundy, and Mrs. Rufus Huff.)
Refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were served. Miss
Carrie VanGundy officiated as hostess.
Sunday his other grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Flynn, with
whom Francis Walter is making his home, his mother being dead and his
father in service at Rantoul, gave another party at Fairview Park in
Decatur.....A big birthday dinner was partaken of by the guests 28 in
number, and all had a delightful time. (Again names of all those
present were listed, including his father.)
The rain which had spoiled the roads prevented others from
attending the Fairview birthday party.
His funeral was held at Wilton Mortuary at 1 PM on Saturday and was
conducted by Rev. Vincent H. Butler.