Vernon M. Gansebom
OSMOND — Funeral services for Vernon M. Gansebom will be held Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osmond, with military honors by Osmond American Legion Post 326 and VFW 7838.
Visitation will be held Sept. 5, from 5-7 p.m., at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osmond.
Vernon M. Gansebom, 94, Osmond, was born Jan. 16, 1924, to Otto and Ella Gansebom, in rural Osmond. He died Sept. 1, 2018, at Countryside Home, Madison. He was baptized Feb. 17, 1924, and was confirmed March 21, 1937, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended Dist. 19E grade school and graduated with the OHS class of 1941. As a youth, Vernon worked on the family farm and spent the summer of 1941 as a harvest hand on a crew in North Dakota. He returned home to pick corn by hand in the fall.
WWII broke out in December 1941. Vernon attended Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in January 1942 and transferred to the Convair Production Facility in San Diego, Calif., and assembled B-24 bombers. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1944 and assigned to the 292nd Combat Engineers Unit at Camp Bitner, N.C. He served in the European Theatre 70 miles from Berlin until the war ended. Vernon was discharged May 9, 1946, and started his farming career east of Osmond in 1947.
On June 1, 1950, Vernon married the love of his life, Donna Pedersen. They had four children, Dan, Diane, Carole and Wayne.
Vernon was a well-known grain and livestock farmer in the Osmond Community. He served as a Trustee for Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Directors at Wayne County REA for 23 years. He was a Life member of American Legion Post 326 and VFW 7838. He and Donna traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and the U.S.A. He retired from farming in 2000 but continued to ride his ATV spraying weeds and checking crops and irrigation from his pickup as long as he was able.
Vernon is survived by his sons, Dan (Deanna) Gansebom, Osmond; and Wayne Gansebom, Madison; daughters, Diane (Randy) Lamprecht, Hornick, Iowa; Carole (Denny) Kirby, David City; four grandchildren, Chad (Shelly) Gansebom, Suamico, Wis.; Kristin (Dave) Wortman, Lincoln; Jason (Renee) Lamprecht, Smithland, Iowa; Jaclyn (Will) Acosta-Trejo, Omaha; two step grandchildren, Lynn Sabatine, West Chester, N.Y.; Mark (Tina) Kirby, David City; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Wurdinger; and nieces and nephews.
Vernon was preceeded in death by his wife, Donna, May 27, 2016; his parents, Otto and Ella; his siblings and their spouses, Roy (Agnes) Gansebom, Hilda (Bill) Mohr and twins, Phillip Gansebom and Phyllis (Don) Netz; and cousins.