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May 18, 1916 - January 23, 2009

Kermit was born May 18, 1916 in a log house near Highland, Minnesota to Andrew and Alma (Opsahl) Flattum.  He attended the Flattum Country School.  On July 10, 1937 he married Eleanor Blagsvedt at the Elstad Lutheran Parsonage.  In 1944 they moved to Mabel where they have resided since.  He drove truck for Herb Knight for a short time before going into the trucking business which he did for several years.  For several years after retiring, he drove school bus for the Mabel-Canton School district.  Kermit was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and a former member of the Mabel Sportsmen’s Club.  He enjoyed the kids while driving the school bus, going on group bus trips with Eleanor, playing the guitar and harmonica, and helping with the annual Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days.  He liked having a good time and was known for his sense of humor.
Kermit passed away Friday, January  23, 2009 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel at the age of 92.
Kermit is survived by his wife Eleanor of Mabel; a daughter Beverly (Russell) Flatland of Sun City, Arizona; a son Lew (Sue) of Spring Valley, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and a sister Gladys Jones of Franklin, Indiana.  He was preceded in death by a grandchild and eleven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with Rev. Gail Klavetter officiating.  Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting the family with arrangements.

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