April 17, 2013


Louie Andresen, 80, of Manilla, died unexpectedly on his farm late Saturday afternoon, April 12, 2013.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

Visitation will resume at the church Thursday after 1 p.m.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning.

Officiating will be the Revs. Jonathan Conner and Robert Riggert.

Music will be "Just As I Am, Without One Plea," "Amazing Grace" and "On Eagle's Wings" by the congregation and accompanist Carlys Stribe.

Casket bearers will be Dwight Gruhn, Todd Gruhn, Bob Genzen, Kent Vollstedt, Lenus Borkowski, Mote Jensen, Curt Struve and Cory Halbur.

Honorary casket bearers will be Delton Gruhn, Larry Genzen, Russ Mohr, Lynn Sporrer, Loran Sporrer and all of Louie's past farm neighbors.

Burial will be at Manning Cemetery.

Louie Bernard, son of Louie and Laura (Staudemeier) Andresen Sr., was born June 23, 1932, on the farm in Soldier Township, Crawford County, near Ute.

He grew up in the Charter Oak area one of three children. After completing his education at St. John Lutheran School he farmed with his father. Later Louie served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in the United States and Germany.

On Feb. 17, 1963, Louie married Betty Lengemann at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak. Louie had met Betty for the first time when he was a patient at the hospital in Denison where she worked.

They lived and farmed near Charter Oak for five years and then near Ricketts for three years. When Betty's parents retired, they moved to the Lengemann farm east of Manning. They were the parents of three girls. The family belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Manning.

Louie was a lifelong farmer, raising cattle and hogs and grain for his animals. He liked to build and repair and was an accomplished welder. He built trailers, hay racks and gates among other farm equipment. When Betty could no longer get around at home she became a resident of Manilla Manor Nursing Home in 2008. Louie continued to live on the farm, raise cattle and do field work.

Louie and Betty were honored at a celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in February 2013.

Louie suffered a number of health problems over recent years, however, he continued to farm and work hard when he was able.

He is survived by his wife Betty Andresen of Manilla Manor; three daughters: Lynna (Jay) Miller of Manilla; Lesia (Shawn) Smith of West Des Moines and Luann (Craig) Langel of Manning; five grandchildren: Noah, Kara, Mabel, Benjamin, and Ella; other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents; sister Lucia Andresen at age 3; and brother Andrew Andresen.