David Emanuel Lansman (1929 - 2011)

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David E. Lansman
 
Funeral services for David E. Lansman, 81, were conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon. The honorary casket bearers were Darrell (Arch) Andersen, Duane Deist, Lawrence Handlos, Dean Hollister, Fred Haeberle, Pat Kaiser, Donald Mack, Steve May, Larry Nielsen, Cliff Petersen, Duane Schmidt, Darold Tessman, Duane Tessman, Alan Smalley, Leland Weber, and Gary Wegner. The casket bearers were his grandsons, Preben Lansman, Palle Lansman, Torben Lansman, Drake Lansman, Eric Weber, and Nik Lansman. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.        
David Emanuel Lansman, the son of Charles Spurgeon and Johanna M. Rasmussen Lansman, was born Dec. 24, 1929, at his parents' home in Ross, and died Aug. 24, 2011, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, at the age of 81 years and 8 months.
Dave was baptized and confirmed at the Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross. He attended rural school south of Ross and then graduated from the Audubon High School with the Class of 1948. During high school Dave enjoyed participating in sports and drama. Following high school he attended Westmar College in LeMars, where he met Laverne Partridge.
On July 10, 1950, he was united in marriage to Catherine Laverne Partridge in Billings, Mont. Five children Randy, Susan, Julie, Tom, and Kathy were born to this union. Dave's father died in 1951 and Dave took over the seed corn and farm seeds business which was located in Ross. As time went on the production remained in Ross but Dave moved some of the business into Audubon where he had an office in several different locations on Main Street and added fertilizer as the business grew. Later Dave sold Lansman Seed Company to his son Randy. Dave continued to own, manage, and operate the Great Dane Fertilizer for several years until he decided to sell the business and retired. His passion was raising Purebred Angus cattle. His children entered many fairs and competitions at the Audubon County Fair, State Fair, Aksarben, Denver, and Chicago with prize winning animals.
On May 15, 1982, he was married to Donna Slothouber at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. They lived west of Hamlin, later moving into Audubon in February of 1999. Donna died Aug. 6, 1999.
Dave had been an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon since 2009. Dave enjoyed bowling, golfing, and was always ready for a card game with his family and many friends.  He liked most sports with football and basketball being his favorites. Dave enjoyed his many friends but most of all loved spending time with his family especially the grandchildren.
Dave was preceded in death by his wife Donna and his parents; his sisters Elaine Lansman and Ramona and husband Edward Wiederstein; and his brother Rev. Quentin and wife Darlene Lansman.
Survivors include his children Randy and wife Cindy Lansman of Audubon, Sue and husband Mike Weber of Manning, Julie and husband Gary Stone of Des Moines, Tom and wife Lisa Lansman of Bettendorf, and Kathy Lansman of Des Moines; his grandchildren Preben and wife Ashley Lansman of Ankeny, Palle and wife Hege Lansman of Audubon, Torben and wife Nereida Lansman of San Luis, Ariz., Mandy and husband Troy Wessel of Audubon, Jessica and husband Cory Schmidt of Adel, Eric and wife Kate Weber of Manning, Chelsea Stone and Kelli Stone both of Des Moines, Drake Lansman and Erica Lansman both of Ames, Nikolas Lansman of Des Moines; his step-grandson Nicholas Gorener of Chicago, Ill., nine great-grandchildren; his step-children Angie and husband Kelly Wilderman of Panora, and Kurt and wife Kelli Slothouber of Denver, Colo.; five step-grandchildren; his very special friend Sharon Frederiksen of Audubon, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
             
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, 2011