Curtis Raymond Flak, 87, of Hesper, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1925, at home in Hesper Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Iver and Alisa (Salveson) Flak. He was a lifelong member of the Hesper Lutheran Church where he was baptized, confirmed and married.

He graduated in 1944 from the Mabel High School in Mabel.

On April 10, 1949, he was united in marriage to Anita Olson. To this marriage were born four children. They made their home on the Flak family farm. Mr. Flak farmed his entire life as well as being an area manager for Vigortone livestock feeds for 20 years.

While a member at the Hesper Lutheran Church he was a church council member, participated in the church choir and was also on the church cemetery board.

He also enjoyed singing in the annual Hesper Cantata.

Farming was his lifelong occupation which he was able to help with through this past fall. He enjoyed the daily 3 p.m. lunch breaks at his home with his two sons and at times other family members. In the summer months he enjoyed sitting outdoors on the deck along with his devoted dog, Sam.

They were totally inseparable and Sam helped fill an empty void after the death of his wife on Dec. 22, 2005.

Curtis was a devoted husband to his wife and cared for her at home up until the time of her death. They shared 56 years together. Together with his wife, he learned how to bake pies and make lefse. Pie baking became a real skill for him and he enjoyed sharing his baked goods with others.

He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia (Jay) McLaren of Rochester and Maribeth (Rob) Orth of Sleepy Eye, Minn; two sons, Duane (Lorna) Flak of Decorah and Dale (Cathy) Flak also of Decorah; 12 grandchildren, Jami (Sarah) McLaren, Alex (Julie) McLaren, Brian (Lisa) Orth, Christopher (Cari) Orth, Jennifer Orth, Benjamin Orth, Jessica Orth, Kristen Flak, Jena Flak, Tessa Flak, Abby Flak and Tyler Flak; four great-grandchildren, Abigail and Andrew Orth, Eleanor McLaren and Eli McLaren.He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anita; his brother, Justin Flak and Justin's wife, Emily.

A service to celebrate the life of Curtis Flak was held last Sunday, June 30, at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Rev. Matthew Larson officiating. Burial was in the Hesper Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted with arrangements.