Donald E. Flanscha


Donald E. Flanscha, 81, of Sumner, died Friday, October 18, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Susan Friedrich officiating.  Interment will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 21st,  at Becker-Milnes Funeral home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. 

Donald Eugene Flanscha, son of William and Vollie Schrader Flanscha, was born November 11, 1931, at Sumner, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner and received his education in the Sumner schools. On September 15, 1982, he was united in marriage with Lynn Heckman at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Lynn’s death occurred March 25, 2010. A lifelong farmer, Don enjoyed fox hunting in his early years, fishing, tractor rides, eagle watching, and annual trips to Gays Mills, Wisconsin in the fall.

Don is survived by two step-sons, Tim (Janet) Heckman of St. Louis, Missouri and Tom (Beth) Heckman of Apple Valley, Minnesota; four step grandchildren; several step nieces and nephews; one brother, Harold (Jana) Flanscha of Denver; one sister, Carol Flanscha of Sumner; one nephew, Billy (Diane) Flanscha of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania; one great niece; and two great nephews.

In addition to his wife, Don was preceded in death by his parents.


Do & Joyce Stacy on October 22, 2013 at 7:17 AM said:

To the Flanscha family, So sorry to hear of Dons passing, We had some good card games with Don & Lynn, fishing on Volga Lake and he had the best sweet corn around he will be missed. Are thoughts are with you all!
Donald on October 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM said:

To Carol and family I will always have fond memories of Donald I am sorry for not making it to sumner just saw obituary in paper. I can say nicest man I ever met. I will always remember the good times and he will be missed. Always a special place in my heart. Take care to Carol and family miss you. Kim Luick LPN
Ann Jo and Roy E. Hall on October 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM said:

We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a wonderful partner to Lynn, my sister. He was devoted to his family and friends. His memory will be cherished by all who were blessed to know him.
S Ford on October 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM said:

I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. I recently lost my mother and know the pain of a broken heart. Our Heavenly Father feels our pain. Psalms 34:18 assures us that He is near to those broken at heart. He does, however, hold out a promise that in the very near future He will wipe out all tears of sorrow and pain from our eyes and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3-5) He also promises to remember all those in the memorial tombs (graves) and restore them to life. (John 5:28,29) Until those words are fulfilled, may you find much peace and comfort in God and in His promises found in the Holy Scriptures.

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