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Harvey Flaten

October 8, 1938 — October 6, 2017

Funeral services for Harvey Flaten of Hancock, Minnesota will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock, with Reverend Bruce Hanneman officiating.  Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Harvey Stanton Flaten was born October 8, 1938 in Starbuck, Minnesota to Carl and Esther (Larson) Flaten.  Harvey was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri’s Lutheran Church in Cyrus, Minnesota.  He graduated from Cyrus High School in 1956.  He was united in marriage to Mary Biesterfeld of Hancock at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hancock on October 5, 1963.

Harvey was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served many roles on the church council.  He was a truck driver at Hancock Concrete for over 45 years.  When we think of our dad, we think of the words “always there.” He was “always there” when we needed him, which was often. When mom needed him at the end he was “always there” to take care of her.  We know now that he is with our Father in Heaven who is “always there” for each and every one of us.

Harvey died on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, MN.  He lived to 78 years.

He is survived by four sons: Jason Flaten, Joel (Steph) Flaten, Jeff (Christa) Flaten and Justin (Carrie) Flaten and one daughter: Jackie Flaten all of Hancock; eight grandchildren: Joey, Ryan (Megan), Tara, Zach, Isaiah, Haylee, Connor and Colin; one great-grandchild: Zane; brother: Melloy Flaten of Cyrus; brother-in-law: Fred Biesterfeld of Hancock; sister-in-law: Sandy Biesterfeld of Herman;  two nephews: Walter (Kathy) Biesterfeld of Donnelly and Mark Alan (Jakob Michael) of Minocqua, WI; He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law: Walter and Rose Biesterfeld.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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