Darrell Allen Lawrenson was born on July 21, 1951, to Russell and Margaret (Guttau) Lawrenson in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was raised near Mondamin. After his junior year of high school he worked in California and after graduating from West Harrison High School in 1969 he worked in Idaho for the summer. He then attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. On January 29, 1971, Darrell married Lenyce Flint at the Onawa Christian Church. The couple started farming near Dunlap, then moved north of Pisgah before moving to their current farm. He also worked at the Mondamin Co-op and the Persia Co-op, managing this Co-op for 13 years. Darrell enjoyed working at the Winnavegas Casino in Sloan for 13 years as well as Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs for nearly 13 years.
Darrell was an active member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church. He also served as one of the Allen Cloverleaf 4-H leaders for 25 years. Darrell enjoyed mowing hay for many farmers in the area. He also enjoyed riding horses and raising cows. He thoroughly enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities. In season, he loved to hunt mushrooms.
Darrell died on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at the Rose Vista Nursing Home at the age of 68 years, four months, and nine days.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Rex and Anna Marie Flint; and sister-in-law, Nanci Smith. He is survived by his wife, Lenyce Lawrenson of Mondamin, Iowa; two children, Brent Lawrenson and his wife Tonna of Madrid, Iowa and Jami and her husband Jason Sherer of Pisgah, Iowa; four grandchildren, Sydney and Brylee Sherer and Tyler and Terrin Lawrenson; four siblings, Ronnie Lawrenson and Russ Lawrenson and his wife Susan all of Mondamin, Iowa, Marilyn and her husband Maynard Stevens of Branson, Missouri and Rhonda Roling of Colton, South Dakota; and many other relatives and friends.
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