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Gerald Lensing

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Gerald Lensing, age 88 of Lawler, Iowa died Thursday, November 26, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. A Public Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler with Rev. Robert Gross celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family two hours prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory. 641-394-4334 Gerald was born on the day after Christmas in 1931, the “middle son” of John and Regina (Tierney) Lensing on a farm in rural Lawler. It was the beginning of a remarkable life, one filled with so many good memories. Gerald attended country school through the eighth grade, transferred to Lawler High School and was a member of the Irish’s Class of 1951. After high school, he continued farming with his parents, but the day he agreed to serve as the best man at his buddy’s wedding changed his life forever. That’s because the bride’s sister, a pretty young woman named Irene Myers, was the maid of honor. Gerald and Irene began dating, and then decided they wanted to get married. So off they went to elope in California, and on January 12, 1960, the two exchanged vows at the Los Angeles Cathedral, beginning a 60-year marriage that was filled with love, hard work and plenty of fun times. Their family grew to include six children — Judy, Janet, Tom, Pat, Jolene and Cheryl — and those kids knew that their No. 1 fan was their dad. Gerald never missed a game, program or a concert as his children made their way through Turkey Valley. Gerald and Irene were fixtures in the stands. Gerald also taught his kids that you worked hard so you could play hard, and you often worked hard both before and after playing. He and his wife loved taking them on family vacations to places like Florida, Las Vegas, Colorado, Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park and Quebec. For 38 years, Gerald, his brothers and his sons would take their annual fishing trip to Canada, and the stories those boys could tell would fill a book. Let’s put it this way: What happened in Canada, stayed in Canada. Gerald and his brothers also traveled to Europe twice, visiting Ireland, Rome, London and Germany, but Gerald was Irish to the core. He told his stories with a twinkle in his eye, and God only knows how many tales he told during his Euchre games over the years. Heck, some of them were even true, or at least only slightly exaggerated. Gerald and Irene owned the Little Turkey Tavern for 25 years, and he worked — and still got his card games in — the morning and afternoon shifts. He was a lifetime member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, a longtime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and served his parish in a variety of ways. And if you thought he was a great dad, he may have been an even better grandfather. He loved attending his grandchildren’s games and school programs, and he told them a story or two or a 100 over the years. It’s hard to say goodbye to a man like Gerald, especially for his wife of 60 years, his children, his grandchildren and his legions of friends, but they know that up in Heaven right now, he’s probably regaling those who went before him with a great story. One day, they will all meet again and their husband, dad, grandpa and friend will meet them with that Gerald smile that always comes with a spark in his eyes. Survivors include his wife, Irene; six children, Judy (Dean) Drilling of Avon, IN, Janet Lensing of Rochester, MN, Tom (Laurie) Lensing of Winterset, IA, Pat (Kim) Lensing of Waucoma, IA, Jolene (Dave) Vaselaar of Fountain City, WI, Cheryl (Joe) Hageman of Calmar, IA; sixteen grandchildren, Amy Drilling, Kyle (Nichole) Drilling, Haley Drilling, Derek Lensing, Darci Lensing, Traci Lensing, Karleen Lensing, Morgan Lensing, Tierney Lensing, Delaney Lensing, Katelyn Vaselaar, Kelly Vaselaar, Jack Vaselaar, Ryan Hageman, Abby Hageman, Logan Hageman; great-grandchild, Kennedy Drilling; one brother, Clair (Mary) Lensing of Marion, IA; sister-in-law, Norma Lensing of Protivin, IA, Gladys Myers of Ridgeway, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Donald Lensing; sister-in-law, Florence (Francis) Sheridan; brothers-in-law, Alvin (Theresa) Myers, Raymond Myers; his in-laws, Phillip and Emma (Leibold) Myers

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  1. Irene and family, So sorry for your loss. Treasure your memories, may they provide comfort during this difficult time. Will miss the summer time visits and all the great stories.

  2. To all the family…this is a very sad day..losing such a wonderful man with a gift for dramatic storytelling. I hope he has been in heaven for a half an hour (Irish wink). Gerald Lensing will be missed.

  3. Irene, Tom and all other family members, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Extra hard, with it being Holidays right now. Know he is looking down from Heaven, still watching over his family. Peace and Love in the days ahead!

  4. So sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Jody Smith. Kirk and Ann Weih

  5. We are saddened to learn of the loss of your Dad – Tom, Pat, Judy, Cheryl, Janet & Jolene. It is not coincidence that you were all fiery competitive yet so well-balanced in the game of life. What a commemorative legacy in what he imparted on each of you. Blessings and Comfort to you all in these sad moments.

  6. We love the Lensing Clan. Gerald and Irene raised a beautiful family. We will miss Gerald! Love, Rick and Darlene Kisner

  7. Thoughts and prayers to Irene, Judy, Janet, Tom, Pat, Jolene and Cheryl and all family members. Great memories from camping, little league, softball, wrestling(I don’t recall if he was there for Pat’s run at Independence?) to the L.T. Tap. Truly a legend, great laugh, incredible stories and will be missed. Thanks Gerald.

  8. What an incredible person to love and be loved by. I’m sorry I can’t be there to celebrate him. I’m glad he’s with Don and parents telling stories.

  9. Oh how I remember that twinkle in Gerald’s eye when I would wait on him at the FSA office! He was a pleasure to work with and whenever I was spot checking for work in the Little Turkey area at lunch, i would stop for a burger, which I believe he made in an electric frypan and he never complained about leaving his table of buddies…all I can say is “what a character!” Enjoy your memories….you will meet again on the other side of the stars! Sympathy to all.

  10. Irene and family, our sympathies to each of you during this time. Gerald was one of a kind, a great neighbor and friend. Love to all of you.

  11. to all the lensings,,,,Gerald touched so many,,,,,have to tell you that I have used your dad’s words as an example many times…..when I was in my late teens, I stopped at the lt. during mass on Sunday morning,,,Gerald was there and asked why I wasn’t at mass…being the enlightened person I was, I said that I didn’t feel I needed to be at church to be religious ….he looked at me and said, after that pheasant went thru my windshield and all I lost was my eye, I thanked God and figured that praising him one hour a week wasn’t such a sacrifice….he was a good, sweet man, and will be missed…d

  12. What a beautiful obituary!! I can remember way back when Mary Lensing Dreckman and I would ride over to the farm on the mini bikes!! We spent lots of time at the farm and Gerald and Irene were such fun and wonderful people to be around as well as all of the kids!! So many great memories! I am sure he will be missed by many! May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻 My heart goes out to all of you ❤️

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