James Flinn


James FlinnJames B. Flinn, age 94 of Redwood Falls, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Carris Health Redwood Hospital in Redwood Falls after a rich and fun filled life.  According to his wishes no public services will be held.  Memorials are preferred in his memory to the Redwood Area Dollars for Scholars, 100 George Ramseth Dr., Redwood Falls, MN 56283.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

James B. Flinn was born in Redwood Falls on April 28, 1924 to Brainerd and Annette Flinn. His childhood was full of hunting pheasants and ducks and spending summers at Island Lake fishing, activities which were lifelong passions.  Jim attended elementary and high school in Redwood Falls while working and hunting whenever possible. After graduation from high school, Jim attended college and joined the Navy during World War II and continued his medical education. He graduated from the U of MN medical school in 1947.  Jim married Mary Schottenbauer in December 1946. They returned to Redwood Falls after his graduation and lived there except during his internship and military service during the Korean conflict. Jim and Mary built their house on Lincoln Street in 1952. They were married for 72 years and had five children.  Jim practiced medicine until his retirement in 1991. He loved his profession and caring for people. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and backpacking and shared those activities with his family and friends.  Jim loved woodworking and built beautiful furniture for family and friends. He also loved good stories–both reading and telling them and sharing them over a drink of scotch.  And for all the stories he told, there were even more to be told about him.  Jim served on the Park and Library Boards and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was always curious, and learned to cook and use a computer during retirement. He was a gentleman, a scholar and a raconteur. Jim was our fearless leader in life, always teaching us and showering us with his love. He will be greatly missed, but we will remember him every time we catch a fish at Island Lake, shoot a pheasant, or share his stories. In memory of him, share a story with your loved ones over a good drink.

Jim is survived by his wife Mary; and their children and spouses: Mike (Brenda) Flinn, Steve (Lenore) Flinn, Kathy (Peter) Polga, Laurie (Patrick) Flinn Connelly and Nancy Flinn; twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren who were his greatest pride and joy; sisters: Nancy Newell and Rose (Don) Andersen; and nieces and nephews.


  1. Bernard and Theresa Zeug says

    A wonderful man Many have lived because of his care. He will be missed.

  2. Joan Woelfel says

    Sorry for your loss Mike & Family. Your dad was a fantastic guy. Always friendly & very kind. He will be missed by many

  3. Weldon Zaske, Jr. says

    My condolences to the Flinn family and friends. His kind voice will ever be in my ear.

  4. Jammie Koepp says

    Such a very sweet man. My Dad and I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Veterans fishing event this past summer.

  5. Bruce & Diane Tolzmann says

    We are are sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. We got to know Jim in the early 70’s, as he walked by our house in Northwood Terrace of Redwood, many days while out for his daily walk, and helped us with the trees at our newly built house in Northwood Terrace. We know Jim’s son Mike, and extend special condolences to him.

  6. Don/Renee Kodet says

    Such a special man, Doctor, family man, civic service minded. Always had time to visit and tell a joke or story. Great man to work with. God bless his memory. Don and Renee Kodet

  7. Pat Peterson says

    He was Justin Peterson’s baby doctor in 1980. Wonder how many babies he delivered.
    Condolences to the family.

  8. to the Flinn family, you are in my prayers and you have my sympathy…I knew Jim because of the calendars he would make for his family each year, it was always a pleasure to see him and lately someone else bring them in and know people still do things like that for their families to remember and cherish…he is proud of his family and loves them you can tell…cherish his memories and stories as you all come together and be with family. He will be missed by many and mostly by his family…you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Dennis Myers says

    This wonderful man brought me into this world and actually saved my life a number of times. Nothing but great memories with the family. My deepest sympathies.

  10. Harlan and Karen Lemcke says

    Sincere Sympathy to all! Loosing your dad is hard at any age! He will be missed but hang on to all your memories. You will remember things he said and did for years to come!

  11. Louie and Gwen Beauzay says

    Louie and I are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and all the Flinn’s. We shared many fun lunches with Jim and Mary in Walker in the summer. We never lacked for something to laugh or talk about!

  12. Stephen Palmer says

    So sorry for your loss! I remember Dr Flinn as a very young child, in fact, he delivered me when I was a baby. He would always have a great smile and attitude whenever I had to go in to the clinic. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  13. Sharon Hollatz says

    Our deepest sympathy to the Flinn family. 94 years is a long life and one to be celebrated. Please know we are thinking of you during this time.

  14. Dave Steinkraus says

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. He was a wonderful man, my favorite physician and Boy Scout leader. He will be deeply missed.

  15. A delightful wit, a keen mind, a deeply caring nature, a physician and friend to the community of Redwood Falls. It was a blessing to know him.

  16. Miriam Rodvik- Billings says

    From my parents Marv (deceased) & Jan Rodvik… August 4, 1960… “Marv, we need a cesarian now or you may lose both mother and babe.”. Thankfully, I have a younger sister named Ann. Thank you Dr. Flinn

  17. Eugene & Margaret Sander says

    So sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and family at this difficult time.

  18. Andrea Koenig says

    With condolences to all if the Flinn family. Dr Flinn was a great friend to my parents, Ivan and Mary Ann Bloedow. He kept his various sporting items in a bldg at their place and made many “house calls” to check on my Dad in his later years. Steve Flinn has been my Dentist for more than 40 years. Dr Flinn left a great legacy for his family~~

  19. Christine Sanow says

    Peace to your family. Cherish the memories and your loved one Jim Flinn. I remember Dr. Flinn being our family Doctor, being an Angermeyr from Morton. Mom was a nurse and loved caring for people as well. God bless and He loves you all very much.

  20. Bonnie Keech says

    My condolences to the Flinn family.

  21. Selene (Christensen) Pierce says

    Thank you for bringing me into the world! Rest In Peace

  22. Tom Schottenbauer says

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences to the family.
    Tom Schottenbauer
    Bullhead City AZ

  23. Robin Norcutt says

    Dr. Flinn delivered me in 1949. He was my doctor and friend throughout my life in Redwood Falls. Wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers to the Flinn family.

  24. Gregg Sainsbury says

    Our deepest sympathy to the Flinn family in the loss of such a well-loved man, Jim Flinn! As long as there are memories, he will never be far from your thoughts. Blessings to all,
    Gregg and Linda Sainsbury

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