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Merle and Leona Flint of Ringsted

April 25, 2013
Estherville Daily News

ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Merle Flint, 93, and Leona Flint, 92, both of Ringsted will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Harold Heinzig officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Ringsted Memorial Cemetery in Ringsted with military graveside rites by Ringsted American Legion.

Leona died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Fairmont Medical Center in Fairmont, Minn. and Merle died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong.

Merle Glen Flint, the son of Nels and Martha (Pedersen) Flint, was born Jan. 9, 1920 in Ringsted. Leona Elnora (Oleson) Flint, the daughter of Martin and Esther (Mitchell) Oleson, was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Armstrong.

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Merle Flint

Merle attended Ringsted Schools. On Oct. 15, 1941, Merle enlisted in the United States Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. Leona graduated from Halfa High School, and then attended Estherville Junior College. Leona moved to Oakland, Calif. and worked at Bank of America. She returned to the Ringsted area with her brother Arnold and Merle in his brand new 1946 Ford. On June 15, 1947 the couple was united in marriage. They made their home in Ringsted and farmed for many years. Most people that knew Leona have a memory of her with a crocheted hand towel in their home. Visitors that would stop by the Flint home would never go away hungry. Merle and Leona were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church south of Gruver. Merle was a member of the American Legion and Farm Bureau.

Left to cherish Leona and Merle's memory are their children, Nancy Flint of Estherville, Connie (Larry) Richard of Leon and Becky (Tom) Bortvit of Branson, Mo.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; Leigh (Marty, Clayton, Wyatt) Moore; Leslie Richard; Darryl (Sheila, Brittany, Thomas) Bortvit; Kevin (Mary, Kayla, Jacob) Bortvit; Tammy (Chad, Devin) Binger) Crystal Bortvit (Mike Starr); Leona's sisters-in-law, Ruth Oleson and Charlotte Oleson; and Merle's brother, Larry (Sylvia) Flint.

Preceding Merle and Leona in death are their parents; daughter, Kristie; Leona's brothers and sister, Maynard and Arnold Oleson and Meryl Christensen; Merle's brother and sister, Glen Flint and Darlene Flint.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church south of Gruver. Online condolences may be sent to



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