March 22, 1924-Aug. 8, 2012
CLARKFIELD - Services for James Lynner, 88, of Clarkfield are at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Clarkfield Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Lynner Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Lynner Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
He died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at the Chippewa Co.-Montevideo Hospital.
James T. Lynner was born March 22, 1924, at the family farm home in Friendship Township, rural Clarkfield to Hans Christian and Clara (Melbostad) Lynner. James was baptized and confirmed (May 1, 1938) at Clarkfield Lutheran Church where he continued to be a lifelong member.
James attended school and graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1942. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. While attending an all school picnic, James met a fellow student named Arlene Elsom. When James returned to Clarkfield to farm, the long distance courtship continued. James and Arlene were married on May 1, 1949, at United Methodist Church in Britton, S.D. To this union were born three sons: Jim, Paul and Steven. They lived on the Clarkfield Dairy Farm with James' father for 10 years prior to his death in 1959.
James was an active member of several musical groups including the Hauge Male Chorus, Clarkfield Lutheran Church Sr. Choir for 55+ years, Clarkfield and Montevideo Community Bands and the Minnesota Over 60's Band where he played saxophone. James served on several community boards and organizations within Yellow Medicine County. These included Producers CO-OP Shipping Association, Associated Milk Producers Association, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, American Dairy Association, Farm Bureau and the Yellow Medicine County Fair Board. His service on local boards and organizations included various positions at Clarkfield Lutheran Church including past congregational president, Clarkfield Lions Club, Curling Club, school board, election judge, Sons of Norway and the 4-H program.
James and Arlene enjoyed travels to Europe and to Norway visiting relatives. In 1980, they were part of a mission trip to Haiti. They were traveling companions to many agriculture conventions, Over 60's Band parades, trips and other events. James enjoyed spending time with friends and family, working at the church fall Harvest Festival and his various band functions. James was extremely proud of his eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and their activities and accomplishments.
Following the loss of Arlene on May 8, 2012, James' health continued to decline. He was admitted to the Chippewa Co.-Montevideo Hospital on July 27 where he remained until his passing on Aug. 8, 2012 at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 17 days.
James is survived by his sons: James B. Lynner, Paul and Natalie Lynner and Steven and Brenda Lynner, all of Clarkfield and his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Ranae (and Josh) Carter and Kyra, Craig (and Trista) Lynner, Brynn and Chloe, Christa (and Tom) Sebo and Lauren, Jenna Lynner, Emmy (and Jake) Bollman and Thatcher, Michael (and Kate) Lynner, Eric (and Kaitlynn) Lynner and Zoey, and Matthew Lynner; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. James was preceded in death by his wife Arlene, parents Hans Christian and Clara Lynner, brothers Curtis and Ed, sisters Marian Nord and Margaret Gordon.
Blessed be his memory.