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Thomas Flannigan Oct. 23, 1941 - Jan. 18, 2013

Thomas Flannigan Oct. 23, 1941 - Jan. 18, 2013

WILLMAR - Thomas Flannigan, age 71 of Willmar died on Friday, January 18, 2013 at his home in Willmar, after a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Svea Lutheran Church in Svea. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Thomas Wayne Flannigan was born on October 23, 1941 in Morris, Minnesota, the son of Richard and Gertrude (Schmidgall) Flannigan. Tom was baptized on October 24, 1941 in the Lutheran Faith. He grew up in the Morris/Benson area. On March 23, 1968 he was united in marriage to Elaine Wrobleski in Benson. The couple later moved to Willmar where Tom worked as a truck driver and mechanic for Jennie-O Foods for the next 30 years. Following retirement he worked for Magnuson Sheet Metal and Magnuson Farms, a job he truly loved.

He was a member of the Willmar Eagles Club Aerie 2334. He loved time with his family and grandchildren, spending time outdoors, tending his vegetable garden, deer hunting, fishing and camping. Special highlights of the past 25 years were the annual trips to Ely with his brothers.

Tom is survived by his wife Elaine of Willmar; children: Tony (Kim) Flannigan of Paynesville, Terri (Brad) Steffen of Spicer, Tammy Meyer of Bellingham, WA, Lori (Lowell) Matthys of Marshall, Mike (Patti) Flannigan of Svea; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; sister Caroline Hagen of Benson; brothers: Pat (Sue) Flannigan of Oakdale and Rick (Laurie) Flannigan of Stillwater.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dick and Gert, step-mother Ada; and brother Jim.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at the home of Brad and Terri Steffen following the services for anyone who wants to join the family for reminiscing. 7902 County Road 8 NE, Kandiyohi, MN.