Doris Ida Harriet Flatgard

Doris Ida Harriet Flatgard, the daughter of Halvor and Ida (Trytten) Olson, was born on November 27, 1921 near Sanish, North Dakota.  Doris was baptized into the Lutheran faith at West Prairie Lutheran Church in Keene, North Dakota where she was a member until the age of 16. As a child Doris attended Keene Country School until her family relocated to Windom, MN in 1937.Doris graduated from Windom High School in 1939. 


On October 1, 1943 Doris was united in marriage to John Flatgard on the Olson Family Farm near Windom.  After their marriage Doris and John lived in the Bergen area and Doris remained in the home to raise their family until 1962.  In 1962 Doris and John purchased the Bergen Locker now Bergen Meats, which she ran with John until their retirement in 1979.  Doris and John lived in Windom until 2005 when they moved to Brainerd to be closer to their children.  Doris passed away on January 4, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd at the age of 87 years, one month, and eight days. 


Doris and John became members of Bethany Lutheran Church near Bergen following their marriage.  She was an active member of Bethany Lutheran, actively participating in the Ladies Aid and other church functions.  Doris raised her family centered on Christian values. She instilled in them a belief that people are put on Earth to help each other out.  Doris was a very nonjudgmental, tender and giving person.


During the summer months, Doris enjoyed spending time at the lake with her family and friends. Activities enjoyed include picnicking, being outside and enjoying nature.  Doris also had a passion for cooking wonderful homemade meals and baking.


Doris is survived by her husband of 65 years, John; her four children, Darrell Flatgard of Montevideo, Minnesota; Barbara Flatgard of Bloomington, Minnesota; Duane (Charlene) Flatgard of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Tammy (Cory) Myran of Ft. Ripley, Minnesota; five grandchildren; Mitchell Flatgard, Melissa Flatgard, Spencer (Lou) Flatgard, Andrew (Shelley) Flatgard and John Myran; and three Great-Grandchildren; Chaz Richardson, Tanner Richardson, and Andie Flatgard.  Doris is also survived by her two brothers; Judge O. Russell Olson of Rochester, Minnesota, and Kenneth Olson of Mission Viejo, California.


Doris was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and one sister.


Funeral Services are planned for Thursday January 8, 2009 at 10:30am at the Bethany Lutheran Church near Bergen with Reverend Andrew Flatgard officiating.  Burial will take place immediately following the service at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.


A visitation will be held on Wednesday January 7, 2009 from 5-7PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson, and on Thursday one hour prior to the services at the church.


Blessed Be the Memory of Doris Ida Harriet Flatgard.

2 thoughts on “Doris Ida Harriet Flatgard”

  1. Jacqueline Olson Kruger says:

    Dear Family of Doris,

    My sympathies are with you, John, I know how very much your will miss your dear, dear wife.

    Each of you, Darrell, Barb, Duane and Tammy will have a void in your hearts and thoughts, I know. She loved each of you intensely.

    The rest of us will miss her so very much too. I’m sorry I can’t be there, but am with you in thought and very much in prayer. With Love, Jackie

  2. Evy Tusa Larsen says:

    To the family of Doris,

    My most sincere sympathy to the family. You may remember me because a long time ago we lived across the road from you on the old Egge farm. Johnny, you and Leonard picked corn together the first year I was married. Where has all that time gone…..
    Once more, my sympathy,
    Old neighbor, Evy Larsen

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