Henry George Flessner (January 5, 2009)

Henry George Flessner, the son of George and Anne (Buenting) Flessner, was born on November 1, 1935, in Rockford, Iowa. He grew up in the Floyd County, Iowa, area, and graduated from Rockford High School in 1954. He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and graduated from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1962. Following his ordination, Pastor Henry served congregations in Lake Andes, South Dakota; Cambridge, Iowa; Nevada and El Dorado Springs, Missouri; Ord, Nebraska; and Sioux Center, Iowa. From 1970-1986, he was also a Chaplain at the Nevada State Hospital in Nevada, Missouri. While he was in Nevada, Pastor Henry was an active EMT and started a successful 24 hour/ 7 day “Call for Help” Center. Most recently, he served Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, as Visitation Pastor, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, Iowa, as Interim Pastor. He retired in 2007, and moved to Raymore, Missouri, in June 2008.

On September, 4, 1994, Pastor Henry married Patricia Ann (Meyer) Nielsen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irwin, Iowa. Pat died on July 14, 2003, in Harlan.

Pastor Henry was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. He had a special love for people, and enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was active in various organizations including Lion’s Club, Rotary, Boy Scouts, and Kiwanis.

Pastor Henry G. Flessner died on Monday, January 5, 2009, at Clare Bridge of Leawood in Leawood, Kansas, at the age of 73 years, 2 months, and 4 days.

Preceding Pastor Henry in death were his parents; his first wife, Jane Retallick; his second wife, Judith Marsh; his third wife, Patricia (Meyer) Nielsen; and one brother, George Flessner. He is survived by two sons, John (Cendra) Flessner of Raymore, Missouri, and Nathan (Kim) Flessner of Ord, Nebraska; three step-daughters, Kimberly (Bruce) Mathis of Archie, Missouri, Julie (Joel) McKeever of Defiance, Iowa, and Karen (Rob) Scribano of Norwalk, Iowa; two step-sons, Michael Flahave of Minden, Nebraska, and Ken (Andrea) Nielsen of Harlan, Iowa; three sisters, Fannie Mae (Don) Rover of Hampton, Iowa, Eilene (Don) Ender of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and JoAnn (Duane) Feltz of Allison, Iowa; one brother, Arnold (Jeane) Flessner of Waverly, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 9, 2009, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Steve Chellew officiating. Jennifer Perkins served as the organist. Casket bearers were Donna Ewert, Kelly Peters, Dave Pedersen, Sheldon Howerter, Ron Randall, and Merle Lawyer. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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8 Responses to Henry George Flessner (January 5, 2009)

  1. JOANEL SANDER FRIEDLI says:

    MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF HENRY FLESSNER. HE WAS THE PASTOR WHO CONFIRMED ME IN NEVADA. WE ALSO HAD THE SAME BIRTHDAY. MY MEMORIES OF HIM ARE OF HIM WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE AND I REMEMBER HIM BEING SO EASY GOING. MY FAMILY ATTENDED A PICNIC AT HIS AND JANE’S HOUSE AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. WE SHOULD CELEBRATE HIS LIFE, AND NOT GRIEVE HIS DEATH. HE IS WITH OUR LORD AND I KNOW I WILL SEE HIM AGAIN.

  2. Arthur Morris says:

    I just found Henry’s obit in the Nevada paper. I worked with Henry in scouts and other areas in Nevada and he was a wonderful, great man to work with. He had a special love for people that showed in his concern for them. Please accept my sympathy. I was a Police Dispatcher, worked with Cub Scouts and was Music Director at Pine Street Baptist. Arthur Morris

  3. Rev. Kimberlee A. Osbor says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Pr. Flessner’s death. He meant a great deal to the people of St. Paul, Nevada. May the light of God’s promise of resurrection to new life in Christ Jesus shine brightly on you and yours during these days of sadness and sorrow.

  4. Rich & Dorothy Willhaus says:

    Nathan, John and families and all Flessner siblings; We are saddened to hear of Henry’s illness and recent passing. Our prayers of comfort and peace are with you all during this difficult time. Sincerely and with love, cousin Rich and Dorothy Willhaus

  5. Bruce,Kim,Patrick & Jenica Mathis says:

    John,Cendra,Nate & Kim Sorry we can’t be with you,(Jenica can’t travel right now),but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.If there’s anything we can do let us know. Love Kim

  6. Mike, Dena & Loretta Crews says:

    Nathan & Kim, We are so very sorry to hear about Henry. We know what you are going through, losing Frank was also very hard for us. Keep his memories in your heart and he will always be near you. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  7. Harold and Patricia Buenting says:

    We were very saddened upon hearing of Henry,s passing.Although we have been out of touch for many yars ,we have many fond memories of Henry,especially when he was serving his internship in Michigan.Our condolences to all of you.May God be with you and give you His comfort. Blessings.Harold and Pat

  8. Judi & Dave Pedersen says:

    Joann,Duane,Fannie Mae,Don,Arnold,& Eileen,etc. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember the first time we met Henry.It was 27 years ago when he was the visiting Pastor at Cox Medical Center in Springfield,Mo. He sat with us several times and prayed with us during our time in the Trauma Center after our son Josh’s fall. He was such a kind man and it was a privilege to have known him and all of your family. He will be missed. Remember— That Jeasus Cares– His Heart too is touched by your grief. God’s Blessings, Dave & Judi Pedersen

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