Jim was born June 28, 1930, in Washington, Iowa, to Frank and Margaret (Singmaster) Flander. He graduated from Keota High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. On September 8, 1951, Jim married Isabelle Conrad in Cedar Rapids. The couple lived and farmed in the Keota area until moving to Washington in July of 2009. Jim was a member of Holy Trinity Parish – St. Mary Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W., American Legion, the Elks Lodge and the State and National Landing Ship Tank Association, where he served as State Secretary/Treasurer. He also served on the Keota Community School Board for three years and the St. Mary’s Cemetery Board for many years.
Survivors include his wife: Isabelle of Washington; three sons: Murray J. (Jane) Flander of Keota, Gary A. (Maureen) Flander of Denver, Colorado and Randy C. (Cindy) Flander of Keota; daughter: Melinda K. (Tim) Holden of Manly; eight grandchildren and sister: JoEllen Cruse of Fresno, California. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Thomas Flander and daughter: Victoria Ann Flander.
Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012, at Holy Trinity Parish – St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota, with Rev. Charles Fladung officiating. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemeteries – St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Powell Funeral Home in Keota, where there will be a wake service at 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Halcyon House in Washington at a later date
A memorial fund has been established for Holy Trinity Cemeteries or the Halcyon House Good Samaritan Fund. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is caring for Jim and his family. Condolences may be e-mailed at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.