ESTHERVILLE - Mass of Christian Burial for Lawrence Reding, 97, of Carroll and formerly the Estherville and Armstrong areas will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Monsignor Michael Sernett as Celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday only. Interment will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Estherville.
He died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Carroll Health Center in Carroll.
Lawrence was born on Nov. 1, 1914, in Randolph, Neb., the son of Nick and Sophia (Klocke) Reding. He had one sister and three brothers, all of whom preceded Lawrence in death. He attended elementary schools near Osmond, Neb. and became a farmhand in Nebraska, Iowa, Idaho and Washington. He was united in marriage with Evelyn Nissen on Feb. 15, 1939. They farmed in the Osmond area until 1945 when they and their two sons moved to a farm near Estherville and later to a farm near Armstrong in 1950. Lawrence and Evelyn raised five children, all of whom graduated from Armstrong High School and various colleges. Lawrence farmed and raised livestock for over 40 years. In 1981, they retired in Estherville.
Lawrence is survived by his five children, Larry (Sandy) Reding of West Des Moines, Stephen (Paula) Reding of Castle Rock, Colo., Doreen (Everett) Petersen of Hampton, Jealeen (Gerald) Starman of Carroll and Galen (Cynthia) Reding of Mapleton, Minn.; also nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and three sisters-in-law.
Lawrence was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville. He participated in the Knights of Columbus and took an active role in a variety of other church, farming, and community boards and groups. Lawrence and Evelyn also enjoyed the relationships they developed with neighbors and church friends over the years. The community and church were important to Lawrence and Evelyn and were a source of joy and support for them and their family.
He has resided at the Carroll Health Center since January 2003. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, on April 14, 2007.
Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com