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.