Vernon Gansebom

September 5, 2018

OSMOND — Services for Vernon M. Gansebom, 94, Osmond, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osmond. Military honors will be conducted by Osmond American Legion Post 326 and VFW Post 7838.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Osmond.

He died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Countryside Home in Madison.

Ashburn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Vernon M. Gansebom was born Jan. 16, 1924, to Otto and Ella Gansebom in rural Osmond. He was baptized on Feb. 17, 1924, and was confirmed on March 21, 1937, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended District 19E grade school and graduated with the Osmond High School 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.

World War II broke out in December 1941. Vernon attended Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in January 1942 and then 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. This union was blessed with 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 all-terrain vehicle, 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 of Osmond and Wayne Gansebom of Madison; his daughters, Diane (Randy) Lamprecht of Hornick, Iowa, and Carole (Denny) Kirby of David City; four grandchildren, Chad (Shelly) Gansebom of Suamico, Wis., Kristin (Dave) Wortman of Lincoln, Jason (Renee) Lamprecht of Smithland, Iowa, and Jaclyn (Will) Acosta-Trejo of Omaha; two stepgrandchildren, Lynn Sabatine of West Chester, N.Y., Mark (Tina) Kirby of David City; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Delores Wurdinger; and his nieces and nephews.

Vernon was preceeded in death by his spouse, Donna, on 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.

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