In Memory of

Nis Laursen Jr.

April 19, 1933 - April 17, 2012
Nis Laursen, Jr., the son of Signe (Miller) and Nis Laursen, Sr., was born on April 19, 1933, in Beresford, SD. He moved with his family to Cherokee, IA, where he first attended country school, and then Cherokee Public High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1955. Nis was united in marriage to JoAnn Rupp on June 14, 1957 in Cherokee, IA. He worked as a welder for many years, and then went into farming, which he continued to do until his retirement. He greatly enjoyed time spent with his grandsons and great-grandchildren. Horses were his passion for many years. When his health would allow him, Nis loved to fish, play cards, maintain his yard, visit with his neighbors, and spoil his house dog Cricket. He passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, just two days prior to his 79th birthday. He was preceded in death by his son, Dan in May of 2005, his parents, three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn; his daughter, Darly (Douglas) Gochenour of Cherokee; a daughter-in-law, Sue Laursen; his grandchildren, Brian (Rhiannon) Gochenour of Mankato, MN, and August (Gus) and Nathan Laursen of Larrabee; great-grandchildren, Riley and Maddie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Magrey deVega
Honorary Bearers Brian Gochenour August "Gus" Laursen Nathan Laursen Mark Lockwood Steve Nelson Jeff Lundquist Dave Scott Marve Guthridge
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" "Peace In The Valley" "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
Liberty Cemetery Rural Meriden Military rites provided by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of Cherokee.


Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jo, Darly, Doug and all the kids,

Uncle Nis/Jr./Ute is already missed. His wisdom and guidance will be truely missed as we spoke quite often on many subjects. They don't make them like him anymore for sure. Thank you all for everything. I sure do like the video. Talk to you soon and often Jo. Later RED”
- Red Laursen
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry to hear of your loss JoAnn - I hope the many fond memories you shared together will sustain you through this difficult time. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. ”
- Lori Lochner
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.”
- Linda L Ruschmann
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts are with you, Jo, Darly, and Doug. I will surely miss Jr.'s years of Sunday phone calls and the laughs we had. Love, Dots.”
- Verna Sethman
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jo, sorry to hear of Nis passing. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Stay strong. ”
- Darlene J. Tesch
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“JoAnn and family,
My condolences to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many fine memories of Uncle Nis and will remember him always.
Amber Martin”
- Amber D Martin
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.We always had alot of fun with Nis.”
- Terry and Cathy Coombs
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