Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Albert Flikkema

October 15, 1924 ~ September 05, 2017

Albert Flikkema

"The glorious gates of righteousness have been thrown open for Albert, who entered his eternal, heavenly home with praise and thanksgiving (Ps 118:19) on Sept 5, 2017, at the age of 92.  He was born Oct. 15, 1924 to Menko and Anna Flikkema at home on the Madison bluff west of Camp Creek, the fifth of ten children.  He was educated at various country schools through the 10th grade. 

In 1946-47, he served his country in the Army, having had a farm deferment while his brother George was serving.  With WWII, over and his brother having returned home, Al was then drafted and served in the army of occupation in Japan as an MP at Sugamo prison. He was tasked with guarding Japanese war criminals, including Tojo himself. 

In February 1948, he married his sweetheart, Audrey Kimm.  They started farming and dairying in the Churchill area.  Over the next 20 years, seven children were born to them and by 1966 they had settled on a farm in the 4-corners area, Middle Creek Farms Inc.  Al's agricultural career spanned his whole lifetime, including dairying, raising alfalfa and small grains as well as trucking his produce to markets. He was even recognized with the “Conservation Farmer” award in the 1970s.  He stayed involved farming even from his recliner, as his sons took over the farm.   He was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church, serving on the church and Manhattan Christian School boards.  He was a hard worker and found enjoyment in his work.  He was a loving husband and father and sincere in his faith.  His family and friends knew him as a man of prayer, depending on his heavenly Father and his Savior Jesus Christ each day.

He learned to fly on the G.I. bill and enjoyed flying his single engine Mooney airplane, having accomplished several cross-country flights to the Midwest and California.  He enjoyed playing pool with his buddies and grandkids, going to Tuesday morning pancakes with the guys and weekly Bible studies.  He also enjoyed restoring his model H John Deere tractor.  Al and Audrey moved to the Churchill Retirement home in 2011.  He enjoyed good health until just 6 weeks ago, when an infection got him down and he set his coordinates on heaven, awaiting his flight plan to be approved and permission for takeoff. 

The family wants to express sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses, hospice and amazing staff at the Churchill Retirement Home for the wonderful care Albert received over these last weeks.

He is preceded in death by his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Althea; parents, Menko and Anna; his 5 brothers, John (Grace), George (Dorothy), infant brother, Maynard, Garrett (Winnie), and Phil; one sister, Audrey (Pierre) Hoekema; as well as in-laws: Andy Van Dyken, Pete Van Egmond, Winona VanderMolen and Clarence Kimm.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Audrey and their children, Matt (Carol), Ken (Robbie) (Nancy), Allan (Paulette), Evelyn (Keith) Van Dyke, Helen (Wes) Kamerman, Dale (Nancy), and honorary son, Stan (Susan) as well as 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sisters, Fenna (Pete) Kimm, Agnes (Dave) Hoekema and Jean Van Dyken; in-laws, Harold and Nene VanderMolen, Willemina Van Egmond, Chris and Ethel Bestebreur, and Marcia Kimm.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept 10th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson and again Monday, Sept 11th from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.  Graveside services with Military Honors will be held Monday, Sept 11th at 10 a.m. at Churchill Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow at 11 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Memorials may be sent to Manhattan Christian School Foundation, 8000 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, MT 59741 or Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest St., Manhattan, MT 59741.