Ralph Junior Lansing

06/20/1934 - 10/18/2018

Obituary for Ralph Junior Lansing

Ralph Junior Lansing, 84, of Fort Dodge, IA and formerly of Perry, IA passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Perry. Burial will be in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, IA. Pallbearers are Alex Lansing, Tom Lowe, Derek Turner, Al Huebsch, Spencer Tracey and Sayer Tracey. Visitation will be Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home, Perry, IA., with family present.

Ralph Junior was born June 20, 1934 in Iowa City, IA the son of Ralph Clayton and Mary Elma (Chambers ) Lansing. He attended school in Ogden, IA and graduated in 1953. That summer he started working for Northern Natural Gas Company later known as Enron.

On October 25, 1953 he married Evelyn Smalley at the Church of the Brethren in Beaver. They made their home in the Perry community until 1965 at which time they moved to Vincent, IA until their return to Perry in 1977.

Ralph continued to work in the Vincent and Perry/Redfield locations for 42 years. He retired in 1993 as an underground well technician but continued to work for Enron as a consultant for two more years.

Ralph was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as a MYF leader. He served his community as a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Vincent Lion’s Club and was an EMT on the Vincent Volunteer Fire Department.
Ralph could often be found spending his time outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman. He and Evelyn, along with family and friends, spent many memorable times at Anglers Bay Resort on Spirit Lake. Ralph was a devoted husband and loving father. In 2013 when Evelyn’s health began to fail they moved to Fort Dodge to be near family.

Left to cherish Ralph’s memory are his children Mary (Leland) Dencklau of Vincent, Russell (Janet) Lansing of Fort Dodge, David (Collette) Lansing of Fort Dodge; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great grandchildren and two sisters Charlene Pepper of Ogden and Eva Bayless of St. Louis, MO.
Memorials will be directed in Ralph’s name to Friendship Haven and may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home, 1420 Warford Street, Perry, IA 50220. Online condolences may be left at

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Ralph and I worked together on the Vincent project for NNG and I will always remember him as ready and enjoying work and the fellowship that went with it and the words of wisdom he came up with that he always came up with that he gave credit to Longfellow. He was a good man, a good father and I will always remember him as a friend.
- Gene Seidel
I worked with Ralph for many years at NNG Redfield. I’ll always remember him as a kind and caring person. He was a real gentleman! I looked forward to seeing him at the retiree gatherings and know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace. Shirley & Daryl Eklov
- Shirley Eklov

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