Myron John Flann, age 94 of Lake Lillian, died Friday, August 28, 2020 at Rice Care Center in Willmar. Graveside funeral service and burial will be held at Tromso Cemetery, Lake Lillian, on Tuesday, September 8, at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor LaDonna Ekern officiating. Coffee and conversation will follow the service at Big Kandi Park 2, at the picnic shelter near the lake. Arrangements are with K-M Funeral Home of Lake Lillian, MN.
Myron Flann was born December 17, 1925, to Charles and Cornelia (Otterness) Flann on their family farm in Lake Lillian. He attended Tromso Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He attended the District 5 Country School in Lake Lillian Township. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War era and was a proud veteran. Myron married Loretta Mae Youngkrantz on July 12, 1952, and they made their residence on the farm where his parents and grandparents lived. Myron farmed with his brother, Howard, and later moved in to the town of Lake Lillian, were he founded Flann Feed Service, which he operated until the mid-1980’s.He also started Central Ag Supply and, along with partners, he created Lake Lillian Pullets, a commercial chicken farming operation. He was an entrepreneur who enjoyed his customers and appreciated those who worked for him very much.
The Flann Brothers (Newell, Burton, Howard and Myron) were well-known as talented athletes and Myron excelled as a pitcher for several fast-pitch softball teams. The family is still approached to this day by those who talk about seeing him play or who remember taking their turn at bat, with Myron on the mound. Myron and Loretta, along with their five children, spent many weekends traveling to softball tournaments and enjoyed his long athletic career. In 1983, Myron was inducted into the MN Softball Hall of Fame as a pitcher, along with his brother, Howard, as a catcher. In his lifetime, he pitched many games of horseshoe, too, travelling to compete in the state and World tournament many times, not to mention countless rounds of golf and games of bowling.
A legacy that Myron has left his family is his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and especially enjoyed big road-trip vacations. He and Loretta even spent one summer driving to Alaska, for the trip of a lifetime. Myron and Loretta were “snowbirds”, and spent various winters in Arizona, Texas and Florida. As an avid follower of the MN Twins, he always knew when they were playing, even near the end of his life. And he excelled at the MN fine art of ‘visiting’, enjoying the telling of stories and jokes, and rarely refusing a cup of coffee. He could regularly be found at the Flann family lake cabin on summer holidays, and spent many hunting camp and winter nights playing cards, reading or working a puzzle.
But his great love in life was his wife, Loretta, and the family that they raised together. He was a devoted family man, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would have turned 95 years old this December, and was blessed with a long life and a loving family.
Myron is survived by Loretta, his wife of 68 years; their children: Lynnette Martek of Lancaster, SC, Debra Eiler (William) of Brooten, MN, James Flann of Bird Island, MN, and Sandra Thomas (Daniel) of Noblesville, IN; four grandchildren: Joseph Eiler (Katie) of Elk River, MN, Dr. Jacob Eiler (Nicole) of Clear Lake, MN, Katherine Thomas of Salt Lake City, UT and Christine Thomas of Noblesville, IN. He is also survived by five great grandchildren: Alia and Albert Eiler, and Jenna, Macey and Claire Eiler; and two step-grandchildren: Nichole Thomas and Michael Thomas, and their families, all of Indiana.Two of his sisters also survive him: Donna Mae Scott (Billie) of Lake Lillian and Maige Erickson of Phoeniz, AZ, as do many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Cornelia Flann, his son, Michael John Flann, his grandson, David Eiler, and his brothers and sisters: Virgil Flann, Jewell Flann, Curtis Flann, Verle Wright, Newell Flann, Burton Flann, Gladys Bjur and Howard Flann.
The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Copperleaf Senior Living and Rice Care Center, for the assistance and care that they have offered Myron over the past three years. Due to COVID-19 and the graveside service, please send cards and memorials in lieu of flowers. For those that will be gathering with the family during this time, we ask that you practice social distancing in order to protect those most vulnerable. Blessed be his memory.