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Kenneth Earl Flatness

September 21, 1931 — September 25, 2016

Funeral services for Kenneth E. Flatness, age 85, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  Rev. Sean Forde will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Kenneth died Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Albert Lea.

Kenneth Earl Flatness was born September 21, 1931 in Clarks Grove, the son of Palmer and Hattie (Hanson) Flatness.  He grew up in the Freeborn County area, attending school in Clarks Grove. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church.  On September 15, 1951, Kenneth married Patricia Emma Cox in Mason City, Iowa.  Patricia passed in 1969.  On June 30, 1971, Kenneth married Arlene Doris (Neumann) Hauge.  Kenneth was a truck driver for Freeborn Foods until his retirement in 1990.  He was a member of the Teamsters Union and the Eagles.  Kenneth enjoyed fishing at his cabin on Lake Francis in Elysian, MN, buying and remodeling homes, and gardening.  He liked playing dominoes with Shirley and Marvin Bratrud who he loved like a brother.  As a young man, Kenneth and Pat loved to go dancing.  Holidays were always special to spend with his family and watching all the grandkids grow up so fast.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Arlene; brother, Glen Flatness; children, Joann (Gary) Willemsen of Mason City, IA, Katherine (Roger) Christensen of Alden, MN, Geraldine (Daniel) Bratrud of Kensett, IA, Thomas (Debra) Flatness of Glenville, Keith (Angie) Flatness of Albert Lea, Larry Hauge of Northwood, IA, and Linda (Rick) Drescher of Albert Lea; 19 grandchildren, Karen Crimmings, Kevin Willemsen, Chad Christensen, Derek Christensen, Shane Christensen, Stephen Bratrud, Judd Bratrud, Tom Flatness, Jr., Nicholas Flatness, Joshua Flatness, Jennifer Flatness, Josh Flatness, Brady Flatness, Dalton Flatness, Chris Hauge, Melissa Hauge, Brandon Hauge, Rhonda Jensen, and Mark Drescher; 25 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents, Palmer and Hattie; brothers, Irving and Morris; sisters, Arlene Saltou and Doris Jensen; and grandson, Stephen Bratrud.

A special thank you to the staff of Prairie Senior Cottages who took such good care of dad during his illness.
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