In Memory of Donald "Don" F. Lansink

Donald "Don" F. Lansink
Donald "Don" F. Lansink
Born: November 4, 1934
Died: May 16, 2023
Age: 88
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Donald "Don" F. Lansink
November 4, 1934 - May 16, 2023
From: Ida Grove, IA

Donald Francis “Don” Lansink, age 88, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at the UnityPoint Health-Iowa Methodist Medical Center of Des Moines, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father William A. McCarthy will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2023, with a Rosary Service 6:45 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. 

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s name can be made to: McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion, PO Box 185, Ida Grove, IA 51445

Don Lansink, a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, was the second-born child of William “Will” and Margaret Lansink, born November 4, 1934, in Ida Grove. He was raised on the family farm with his six siblings and graduated from Ida Grove high school in 1952 where he was involved with football, track, FFA, and the class play. After high school, Don joined the Army, serving in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged March 27, 1957. 

Following his military service, Don lived in Kansas City and attended Auto Body Repair School with his brother William “Billy”. It was in KC where he met his first wife, Betty Jean Golden, whom he married September 27, 1958. Together Don and Betty had two children, Vincent and Steven. Several years after Betty’s untimely passing on January 31, 1961, Don met Darlene Ann Gralapp and they married on February 27, 1965, in LeMars, Iowa. Don remained married to Darlene until her passing in September 2020 and together they had an additional nine children.  Don lived on a farm southeast of Battle Creek for over 40 years before he and Darlene retired to Ida Grove in 2010. It was on the farm where Don and his family grew crops, raised livestock, and owned and operated the Lansink Body Shop. 

Don proudly served on the board of the Knights of Columbus, was a member of the American Legion, and had the privilege to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2019. While none of his children followed in his farming footsteps, he had upmost respect and gratitude for Brian Riessen and family who worked his land for nearly three decades. 

Don, known as Pops to his family, was very proud of all of his kids, and gave them a foundation of hard-work, practical knowledge, and creativity. He wanted nothing more than to see his children succeed.  

Pops enjoyed teaching his kids how to fish and spent time fishing at his own farm pond with his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed auto-racing and the special memories of going to the Indy 500 and Texas Motor Speedway with his sons. He also enjoyed golfing or just riding in the cart watching his daughters play a round. He enjoyed watching football, both the NFL (including attending live games with his kids) and watching his sons play in high school, and watching baseball, especially his favorite team the Brooklyn (now LA) Dodgers. Pops loved playing cards, anything from war to rummy, to a family game of hearts with pennies, and especially poker with his boys or at the local casino right up until the time he "cashed in all of his chips".

Pops was a story teller, from his growing up days, to his days on the warship, to all the dents his kids somehow got in their cars. The stories and one-liners, including the fresh material right up until his passing will live on in the family forever. 

Don was preceded in death by his parents Will and Margaret Lansink; wives Betty Jean and Darlene Ann; son Steven; brother Billy; brothers and sisters-in-law Diane Lansink, Salvador Murdocco, Judy Lansink, Diana Gralapp, Nancy Gralapp; and mothers and fathers-in-law Basil and Geneva "Glena" Golden, and Leslie and Lucy Gralapp. 

Left to cherish his memory are his children Vincent (Sheila) Lansink of Rimrock, AZ, Robert (Teresa) Lansink of Houston, TX, Therese (Michael) Tierney of Southlake, TX, Nancee Lansink of Vancouver, WA, Jerome Lansink of Oxford, IA, Gerard Lansink of Newburgh, IN, Kathryn (Chuck) Dunleavy of Salida, CO, Correy (Jennifer) Lansink of Johnston, IA, Mickey (Heather) Lansink of Norwalk, IA and Bridgett Lansink of Ann Arbor, MI; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren with another on the way; siblings Mary Murdocco of Meriden, CT, Jerry Lansink of Burnsville, MN, David (Peggy) Lansink of Brown Summit, NC, Lawrence Lansink of Ida Grove, IA and James (Jane) Lansink of Ida Grove, IA.


10:30 a.m., Wednesday,
May 24, 2023
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

There will be a Facebook Live of the service on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes Facebook page:


Father William A. McCarthy


Vincent Lansink
Robert Lansink
Jerome Lansink
Gerard Lansink
Correy Lansink
Mickey Lansink
Michael Tierney
Chuck Dunleavy


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary Service at 6:45 p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.


"Amazing Grace"
"Prayer of St. Francis"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Kay Bloyer, Organist
Jacob Pedersen, Cantor


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, June 5, 2023 at 9:23 AM
“So sorry for loss! Enjoyed the years in Battle Creek teaching his children. Memories will help through this difficult time. God bless!”
- Joe & Jan schlimgen
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 9:07 AM
“We are sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of the Lansink kids we taught in Battle Creek. Thinking of your whole family.”
- Nancy and Dave Isgrig
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 9:37 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Many great memories riding my bike up to his home as "the neighbor girl," who spent lots of time with his daughter, Bridgett. If I showed up to play with Bridgett but she wasn't awake yet, he would ask me to to tag along to Bomgaars or run errands in town quick, and he always brought his mug of coffee. In the winter months, Don would hook up an old car hood to his tractor and pull myself, my brother Larry, Bridgett, and Mickey around the field. I'm so grateful the Lansink family was our neighbor for so many years and I had Bridgett to spend time with - I think I spent more time at their home than my own! Thinking of the family during this time.”
- Laura Burns
Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 7:37 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been thinking about all of you and have been keeping you in my prayers. ”
- Sheila Petersen
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“Sorry to hear of Don's passing. The entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Todd Riessen
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“Sending prayers for healing for the family, may God wrap his arms arround the family and shelter you as you maneuver through this mourning.”
- Brittany Simpson
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 9:50 AM
“To the Lansink family. I always enjoyed my conversations with your Dad. I had a certain wit about him. He usually told it like it was, a spade was a spade with Don. He will be missed. You have my sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
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