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James Dennis Flannigan

James Dennis Flannigan

Feb. 25, 1943 - Dec. 20, 2012

ALEXANDRIA - James Dennis Flannigan, age 69, of Alexandria, formerly of Donnelly, died Thursday at Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Rollie Halvorson officiating. Burial will be in the Benson City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.

James Dennis Flannigan, was born on February 25, 1943 in Morris, Minnesota, the son of Richard Edgar and Gertrude Bertha (Schmidgall) Flannigan. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed on September 7, 1980 by Rev. William Stockman at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson. He attended school in Benson, graduating from Benson High School. Jim served his country in the Army as a Vietnam Era Veteran from March of 1967 to March of 1969. Jim worked at Tyler and then at Superior, in Morris, for twenty-five years. For many years he lived in Benson before moving to Morris in 1989, to Donnely in 1992, and to Alexandria in May of 2011.

Jim belonged to the American Legion. His hobbies and enjoyments included watching races, camping, fishing, and hunting. Jim was called from this life on December 20, 2012, at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria. He attained the age of 69 years, 9 months, and 25 days.

Jim is survived by his children: Scott (Sherri) Flannigan of Isanti, MN, Debra Pike of Temple, TX, Todd (Georgiann) Flannigan of East Bethel, MN, David (Heather) Flannigan of Richfield, MN, and Karrie Bahr (fiancé Alan Johnson) of Osakis, MN; five grandchildren: Ann Lund, Christy Pike, Jimmie Pike, Jessica (Dan) Pierson, and Travis Flannigan; two great-grandchildren: Rileigh Ann Hennig and Leighton Marie Hennig; brothers and sister: Thomas (Elaine) Flannigan of Willmar, Caroline Hagen of Benson, Patrick (Susan) Flannigan of Oakdale, and Richard (Laurie) Flannigan of Stillwater; nieces and nephews: Sherry (Jonathan) Fahl, Sue (Mike) Pennings, Stacy (Tom) Beyer, Lori (Lowell) Matthys, Mike (Patty) Flannigan, Jessica Flannigan, Patrick Flannigan, Kayla Flannigan; aunts and uncles: Florence Gosslink of Lynnville, IA, Eva (Lloyd) Bebee of Salem, NJ, Howard Schmidgall of Hancock, MN, Doris Strom of Shorewood, MN, Anita Gayken of Montevideo, MN, and Arlene Ohland of Alexandria, MN; and many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, Richard and Gertrude Flannigan; step-mother, Ada Flannigan; and nephew, Steven Hagen.