Carroll Lansing

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:29 pm

Carroll Lansing, 91, of Decorah, died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Cresco Care Center in Cresco. A Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 11, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “I Will Praise Your Name,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Seed, Scattered and Sown” and “How Great Thou Art.” Lectors were Carroll’s grandchildren. Offertory gift bearers were Carroll’s grandchildren. Casket bearers were Ronald Hageman, Wayne Huber, Danny Lansing, John Frana and Vince Shekleton. Military rites were by Ossian and Decorah veterans. Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to the Carroll Lansing Memorial Fund, 612 Crescent Drive, Decorah, IA 52101.

Carroll Marcellus Lansing was born Oct. 30, 1923, the son of Fred and Monica (Stortz) Lansing on the farm in Canoe Township, north of Decorah. When he was a young child his parents moved to a farm north of Ossian. He attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School through the eighth grade. He worked on his parents farm until he entered the US Navy in 1945. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to work at his parents’ farm near Ossian. He was united in marriage to Anita Hageman of Decorah, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, June 10, 1947. This marriage was blessed with two children, Debra and Donald. He and Anita moved to Decorah March 1, 1948, and Carroll was employed at Gust E. Haugen Garage, until Dec. 31, 1982. After 34 years, the business closed and he went to work at Dahly’s Chevrolet Garage until a serious injury at work caused him to retire June 6, 2001. He spent 51 ½ years working as a mechanic. He enjoyed working in his garden and doing yard work. He had the privilege of going on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Sept. 18, 2010, which he really enjoyed. He enjoyed taking several bus tours with the Hawkeye Stages and made many trips to Florida to visit family. On one trip, Carroll and Anita and six others from the group climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Carroll was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and the Helof Holm VFW Chapter No. 1977.

Carroll is survived by his wife, Anita Lansing, Decorah; two children, Debra (Larry) Stephey, Winter Park, Fla. and Donald (Carla) Lansing, Marion; four grandchildren: Laurie (fiancé, Brandon Smith) Stephey, Madison, Wis.; Michelle Stephey, Richmond, Va.; Jeremy Lansing, Platteville, Wis.; and Tracy Lansing, Marion; three sisters: Veronica Riniker, Independence, ; Victoria Lansing, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Margaret (John Zachar) Lansing, Greendale, Wis.; three sisters-in-law: Joan Lansing, Ossian, ; Caroline Lansing, Billings, Mont.; and Ruth Huber, Decorah; one brother-in-law, Joe Cody, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Monica (Stortz) Lansing; four brothers: Charles, Robert, Fred Jr. and Donald in infancy; three sisters: Madonna Collins, Eleanore Cody and Angelina Lansing in infancy; his father-in-law and mother-in-law; brothers-in-law: Bob Collins, James Shekleton, Paul Riniker, Parnell Hageman and Conrad Huber; sisters-in-law: Rita Lansing and Rose Lou Hageman.

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