L. John Flage, M.D. Print E-mail

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Independence, Iowa 50644

Independence – L. John Flage, M.D., 82 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home.  He was born on July 31, 1931, in Allamakee County, Iowa, the son of Harvey Arthur and Hazel Helen (Henry) Flage.  He attended country schools and graduated from high school in Waukon, Iowa, with the Class of 1950.  He graduated from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1957 and the University of Iowa School of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1962.  He practiced medicine in Independence, Iowa, for 45 years before retiring in 1999.  While he was in college, Dr. Flage worked for the U.S. Park Service during the summers at Yosemite National Park in California.

During the Korean Conflict, Dr. Flage served in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of Signal Corps and was stationed in Japan.  On February 21, 1962, he and the former Mary Margaret Mitchell were married in Torrance, California.  They were later divorced.  On March 10, 1979, he and the former Karen Ann Severson Gremmert were married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Dr. Flage was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence. He sang in the choir and taught Sunday School, and was on the Preschool Board, and the Stewardship and Accounting Committees.  He was also a member of the Independence Rotary Club (Past President) and the Foster Care Review Board. He was a master gardener, mentored in the Independence School System, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.  Dr. Flage enjoyed gardening, reading history, traveling and woodworking.  He was a kind, generous, non-judgmental Christian.

Dr. Flage is survived by his wife, Karen, 1 son, Craig (Kim) Flage of Zeeland, Michigan, 2 daughters, Stephanie (Jesse) Holt of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ann Flage of Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, and 2 step sons, Scott (Susan) Gremmert of Redmond, Washington, and Mark (Jennifer) Gremmert of Centennial, Colorado.  He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, 1 sister, Mary Erickson of Rogers, Arkansas, and 1 sister-in-law, LeeOtia Flage of Waukon, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Kenneth Flage.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence, Iowa, with Pastor Greg DeBoer officiating.  Committal Services will be held at the Cremation Garden at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Friends may call for visitation from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence.



Tonya & Eric Greenwood 03-25-2014
My deepest sympathy to you Karen and your family. I was unaware of Doc's passing. He was a good guy! He will be missed!
Dawn Evans 12-12-2013
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Flage was a real doctor in every meaning of the word. He not only cared for us physically but emotionally as well. He was never in a hurry and truly cared about how we were doing. He delivered all 3 of our daughters. We moved from the area but remember him fondly. May you have comfort from your fond memories of him as well.
Kathleen Cabalka 12-12-2013
The Flage Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Flage embodied what the true meaning of doctor is. He had the kindest soul and biggest heart. He truly is a saint! I feel blessed for having him for my doctor and friend,he will be greatly missed. May God help you through this difficult time.
Carol Williams 12-11-2013
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of doc's passing, he was a kind and gentle soul.I feel blessed to have known him.
Gina Trimble 12-11-2013
Karen and family-
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Flage....I was a member of Rotary with him and I thought he was such a nice man. I remember him coming to my house to make the "slurry" one year before the Rotary Spaghetti Supper and he brought wine for all of us. We appreciated it! :)
Don & Deborah Hickey 12-11-2013
God blessed all of us having known him. I was so happy running into him out shopping one day. After many many years he remembered us like it was yesterday. He was the best Dr. our family ever had.
Richard & Lisa Moore 12-10-2013
We are so sorry to hear Dr. Flage passed away. He was a very kind and caring man and a great doctor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Buffy Beier Garrigus 12-10-2013
Dr. Flage will forever live in my heart. He was such a loving doctor & I remember he always made me feel better, even when I was hurting or scared. He took time & was never in a hurry & really listened and truly cared about people. He is an example of excellence. It brings me peace to know he is not hurting anymore and gets to be with our loving Savior. Prayers to the family. May God's peace surround you and fill your hearts today and always.
Pam Johnson 12-10-2013
Dr. Flage delivered all four of our children. He was a kind and caring man. He will be greatly missed.
Becky Larson Clark 12-10-2013
Dr. Flage was my doctor until retiring, delivered both of our children now both in their 20's, what a gentle soul he was. He also gave me one of my best friends in Stephanie,love ya girl. Sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace.
Mary and Dottie Meyer 12-10-2013
Kind, gentle, compassionate, and caring to all he touched. A very rare combination. We have been blessed to know him, he helped us through so many problems. He is missed. Prayers to the family.
Judy and Ron Hess 12-10-2013
Karen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. He was a warm hearted doctor. Our community was blessed to have such a compassionate doctor, friend, and community leader. It was a priviledge to work with he and his office staff.
Jan Neal 12-10-2013
Karen, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family. My memories go back to the fun days of when we shared the balancing of being health care providers and being parents of busy kids. May your family gather together, share memories and bring comfort to one another. I send my sympathy
Judd and Pat Toale 12-10-2013
Dr. John L. Flage family: Heaven has received one of it's most kind, compassionate and caring angels. His life was spent in service to others and his death is a tremendous loss to us all.
Robert W. Hughes & Pamela Jensen 12-10-2013
Karen & Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Dr. Flage was a very caring man and doctor. You always knew when you went to him he was going to spend some time with you talking about your family. He was a very special person.
Brodie Beebe 12-10-2013
Karen and family,
So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed caring for Doc. God bless.
Brodie Beebe RN
Richard L. Foster 12-10-2013
Karen and family, Our thoughts and prayers and with you at this difficult time. Dr. Flage delivered both of our children and was just a wonderful human being. A very caring and gentle man. John will find an everlasting peace with the Lord and will live in your memories forever. John fought the good fight, he finished the race and he kept the faith. Godspeed John!
LinAnn Lehman Lauer 12-10-2013
From the time he delivered me until young adulthood, I can remember him telling me that I always presented him with something new that a girl could to injure herself! He will be missed dearly! R.I.P. Dr F!
Reena Scott 12-10-2013
John was an awesome doctor as well as a gentle man. So very kind. My deepest sympathys to the family. He will be deeply missed. Prayers.
Robin Prentice Dean 12-10-2013
He delivered a 4lb Baby in 1967...that was me! He used to give me a 50 cent piece if I didn't cry when I got a shot... I took home several of those!!
Prayers for his family. Gone but not forgotten.
Lara Kyhl 12-10-2013
Karen and family-

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Flage was such a kind and caring man. I am sorry for your loss.
leanne harrison 12-10-2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Flage was very caring and always had time for a visit. Jim always enjoyed talking 'turkey hunting' with him.
Bud and Donna Prentice 12-10-2013
What a kind caring Dr. He will never be forgotten. Our Prayers go out to his Family and to all that miss him.
Betty Orr 12-09-2013
Dr. Flage was such a wonderful and caring person. He took care of our family through many illnesses. Whenever we saw him he always asked how all the kids were. Our thoughts are with you and your family. He will be missed by all.
Cindy Zimmerly 12-09-2013
Not only was Dr. Flage an wonderful doctor, he was an amazing, caring and compassionate man who has touched so many lives. You just don't find doctors like him any more. Someone who is willing to put others first and be available whenever needed. So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

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