John Lynner was born March 12, 1891, in Clarkfield, Minnesota to Jens
and Ingeborg (Rognstad) Lynner. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a life long member of
Clarkfield Lutheran Church. He attended Clarkfield School, Minnesota School of Business and the University of
Minnesota School of Mortuary Science.Arrangements by Lynner
Funeral Home Since 1891
On his return to Clarkfield he joined his father in the furniture and funeral business. His son-in-law, Gordy
Peterson, joined the firm in 1949. Johnny continued to run the firm until 1956, when his son Jack and son-in-law
Gordy took over. After Gordy' s death, in November 1966, he again assumed more responsibilities to help Jack in
the business. He remained active in the store until November 1933 when his health started to fail.
July 14, 1920, he and Esther Peterson, a daughter of Peter and Emma Peterson, were married. Myra and Jack are
their only children. Myra's children are John, Mary Lee, G. David, Tom, Paul and Naomi. Jack and Lois' children
are Lori and John.
Johnny was always active in civic affairs, serving in the city council, 35 years on the bank board, 25 years on the
fire department and as sexton of the cemetary for many years. He was pleased to have been part of the church
Johnny passed away at the Clarkfield Hospital, late Monday evening September 24, 1984.
Survivors are his wife Esther, children Myra and Jack, daughter-in-law Lois, eight grandchildren, and several
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ingine and Josephine, brothers Christian and Ingval, granddaughter
Kristi Lynner and son-in-law Gordy Peterson.
He has given comfort to so many in need, through his caring.
Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 1984, at the Clarkfield Lutheran Church with
Pastor Gordon A. Trelstad officiating.
The organist was Karen Donner.
Soloists were John Howard Lynner, singing "Den Store Hvide Flok", Ranae
Thompson, singing "Children of the Heavenly Father" and Jean Lynner, singing "The Lord's Prayer" and "Going
The Congregational Hymn was "I Know That My Redeemer Lives".
Honorary Casket Bearers
Ardine Berkvam, Neil Larson
Charles Flett, Art Lee
Erling Haaland, Oscar Melbostad
Waldemar Hauge, Don Nelson
Russell Johnson, Ted Stenhaug
Daniel Korstad, Norman Wold
Active Casket Bearers - Grandchildren
John L. Peterson, Paul M. Peterson
Mary Lee Peterson, Naomi E. Peterson
G. David Peterson, Lori A. Lynner
Thomas D. Peterson,
John H. Lynner
Final Resting Place
Clarkfield Lutheran Cemetery, Clarkfield, Minnesota
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Johnny Lynner, 93, died Monday
Businessman had local roots
By BYRON HIGGIN
Johnny Lynner had his roots in Clarkfield. His father Jens started the business that today stands as J.H. Lynner
Co., a furniture business and a funeral home. Lynner, 93, died just before midnight Monday at Community Memorial
Hospital in Clarkfield.
LYNNER, HUSBAND OF Esther Lynner and father of Jack (current owner and operator of the business) and Myra Peterson
all of Clarkfield, had been ill for several months and had been a patient at the hospital for several
Johnny was the second Lynner to run J.H. Lynner Company. He married Esther M. Peterson of Clarkfield on July 14,
1920, and they lived in the Lynner "flat" at the old building before occupying a duplex until 1940.
At the time Lynner operated both the furniture store and the funeral home out of the same building. The funeral
home took up the west one-third and the furniture store the east two-thirds.
Johnny Lynner served on the Clarkfield board for 35 years, and on other bank boards; city council; was Sexton of
the cemetery and served Clarkfield Lutheran Church.
Another aspect of the Lynner service was an ambulance business. It began with a hearse in Jens day as funeral
Johnny Lynner had a 1937 Nash he converted to an ambulance. A cot laid in the front to back seat for the victims.
In 1948 he bought a combination hearse and ambulance.
Despite being constantly at work, Johnny Lynner found time for the fire department. For 25 years he served the
community as a fire fighter. "He hung his clothes in a certain spot so if he got a call he knew where they were,"
Jack Lynner recalled.
Through those years his wife, Esther recalled him as, "Small, but he did an awful lot of work.'' In fact, she
related how he broke his arm as a child in a bike accident. It never really recovered to the point where he could
touch his own face - yet for all those years he carried bodies during his work at the funeral home.
There was no rest for Johnny and Esther Lynner. They didn't have a trip until 1949. Until then - he was the only
Johnny was known to drive to Minneapolis with the ambulance in the morning and return to Clarkfield for a funeral
in the afternoon.
When Gordy Peterson came aboard in 1956 - Johnny and Esther finally found time to travel. One of the trips he
wanted to make the most was back to Norway, to retrace the roots of his father, Jens. He had a hunger to learn more
about the church Jens helped forge in Norway, to know more about his heritage. He wanted to see the church. Once
he did, he was satisfied and wanted to return home.
All of those years of service brought a lot of distinction to Johnny Lynner. A year ago last February he was
honored by the Mortuary Science Department at the University of Minnesota as the "oldest living mortician in the
state of Minnesota." Earlier on June 3, 1979, he was honored for 60 years of service to his profession.
Lynner always was an early person. He worked in the store that was more diversified than it is today with paint,
wallpaper and lots of hardware and glass.
There was the time, Esther Lynner recalls, when, "Johnny was staining the hospital doors and he found out the State
Bank of Clarkfield wasn't going to open on Monday." Many people lost their money in the crash. "It was a sad day,
It was tragic," Esther Lynner recalls.
There are lots of memories for Esther and Johnny Lynner through the years. They recall a service at the Swede Home
Country Church where Johnny left early by horse drawn hearse - but didn't get back until supper time. He stopped at
the Spring Creek Store to feed his horses and along the way had to scrape mud from the spokes of the hearse.
They recall two hearses, one white for children, the other black for adults.