Louis Lanser, 81, formerly of Newton, died Thurs-day, Apr. 26, 2018, at Jefferson Place in Pella. Funeral ser-vices were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Apr. 30, at Newton Christian Reformed Church. Memorials may be designated to Newton Christian Reformed Church or to Newton Christian School. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Newton.
The son of Arie and Jennie (Baarda) Lanser, Louis was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Sully. He graduated from Sully High School with the Class of 1954. Lou met Mildred Rolffs in high school, and they were married Sept. 19, 1957, at Newton Christian Reformed Church. Lou worked several occupations. He was a feed truck driver, a roofer, a farmer, and finally in the counter top business. He was co-owner of L & L Custom Tops for 32 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed gardening, golfing, puzzle making, and his favorite hobby, fishing. He enjoyed many fishing trips throughout the years with friends and family. Lou was a member of Newton Christian Reformed Church for most of his life and had served as an elder and deacon.
Lou suffered a severe stroke in September 2014 and had been in failing health since then. Even though he could not talk, he communicated to everyone through his big smile and sparkling blue eyes. In 2015, Lou and Millie moved to Vriendschap Village in Pella for assisted living. In October 2017, he was moved to Jefferson Place in Pella. His last journey was being carried to Heaven by our Lord and Savior.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws; a son, Douglas Laverne Lanser in infancy; a brother, Harry; his sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and George Carson; and a brother-in-law, Henry Rolffs.
Those left to honor Lou’s memory include his wife, Mildred; his children and their families, Laura (Steve) Rus and their children, Aaron (Danelle) Rus (Devin, Zaylor, Korbyn), Andrea (Nathan) Knipper (Conner, Summer), Nathan (Jana) Rus (Reagan, Henry, Isaiah) and Jeremy Rus; Mike (Brenda) Lanser and their family, Alex Bebout, Spencer Bebout, Derek Lanser and Isabelle Beery; Lisa Frasier and her children, John (Mandi) Frasier and Jacob Frasier (Anni Tigges); his brother, Dean (Helen) Lanser; his sister-in-law, Neva Lanser and his in-laws, Hermina Rolffs, Janet (Guy) Jansen, Cornelia (Wilbur) Vos, John (Shirley) Rolffs, Dorothy (Marion) Vos, Marvin (Jan) Rolffs.