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Glenn R Flatness

July 9, 1929 — November 25, 2020

Funeral Service for Glenn Flatness will be held at 2:00PM on Monday (11/30) at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Don Malinsky will officiate. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will start at 1:30 PM. The service will be live streamed via Bayview Freeborn Funeral home’s Facebook page starting at 1:55PM. Online condolences are welcome at

Glenn R. Flatness, age 91, of Albert Lea passed away on November 25, 2020 at Thorne Crest in Albert Lea, MN. Glenn was born July 9, 1929 in Worth County near Northwood, IA to Palmer and Hattie (Hanson) Flatness.  Glenn grew up and attended school in the Clarks Grove area. He was united in marriage to Arlene Burkart on November 11, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.  To this union, seven sons were born.  They made their home in Albert Lea and the Alden area to raise their family and enjoyed 56 years together. Glenn spent two years in the Army stationed in South Korea (1951-1953).

Glenn worked for Queen Products for 35 years before taking an early retirement to pursue his hobby of Flea Marketing.  For a few years, Glenn and Arlene owned and operated antique stores in Iowa.  They also spent a few years enjoying their winters in Texas.  Finally, they returned home to Albert Lea to be closer to their family and to continue his passion of Flea Marketing, which he enjoyed until the age of 83.  Glenn was a man of few words but always had a sparkle in his eyes and one of his furry buddies (Vienner, Odie, or Keisha) in his lap.  He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include two sons: Allan & his wife Julie, Arden & his wife Thea; two daughter-in-laws Margaret and Kim; Grandchildren:  Allison Evans; Erin & Corey Cummings; Valerie & Jason Taylor; Brianne & Brian Arendt; Jordan & Patricia Flatness; April & Justin Bighley; Hollie & Mark Grant; Jay Flatness (Amy Wise); Crystal Farris (Cody Nielsen), Carolyn Flatness, Cory Flatness; and Seri Talamantes;  26 Great Grandchildren: Bryn & Maggie; Alexander, Aiden, Andrew & Ava; Ian & Aubrey; Cam & Ty; Riley, Parker & Amyah; Jacob, Luke & Jackson; Emma; Alannah; Eli & Bryar; Ethan, Christian & Adyson; Lariaha, Jayden, & Wesley.  Sister-in-laws: Arlene Flatness & Elaine Burkart; Brother-in-law Rodney Jensen and numerous nieces and nephews, along with Alzada Gulbertson and Bill Johnson.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife Arlene; his parents Palmer & Hattie; Five Sons: Dean, Wayne, Jerry, Kent and Lynn; and his grandson Brady.  He’s also proceeded by his siblings: Irving & Olga Flatness; Morris & Louise Flatness; Arlene & Roger Saltou; Kenny Flatness and Doris Jensen.  Parents-in-law Raymond & Louise Burkart; brother & sister-in-laws: Gary Burkart; Dick & Diane Burkart; and Rose & Fred Tetzlaff.

We would like to extend our thanks to the VA, Hospice and Thorne Crest for their care for Glenn, even though it was for a short time, it was very much appreciated by both Glenn and his family.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

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Monday, November 30, 2020

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