Lanny Grigsby

Lanny E. Grigsby, 79, of Storm Lake died Aug. 3, 2017 in Pipestone, Minn.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in Storm Lake Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. 

Lanny Erton Grigsby was born Jan. 13, 1938 in Sioux Rapids the son of John Raphael and Clara (Fairchild) Grigsby.

He attended school in Aurelia, graduating from Aurelia High School in 1956. He continued his education at Buena Vista College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1960. Lanny earned his Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

On Dec. 22, 1963, Lanny was united in marriage to LaVerne Lichtenberg at St. John Lutheran Church in Hanover. Together they were blessed with three children: Lance, Angela and Amy.

For 53 years, Lanny worked as a professor at Buena Vista University. He enjoyed sharing his wisdom of math with many students throughout the years, including his children and grandson. Lanny was fortunate enough to take many trips with college students overseas as a part of interim classes. Outside of the classroom, he served as a coach of baseball (30 years), football (29 years), and basketball (eight years) at Buena Vista. He also coached baseball at Storm Lake High School for 20 years. He influenced the lives of many students and athletes during his life.

Lanny is recognized in the Iowa High School Officials’ Hall of Fame, Buena Vista Athletic Hall of Fame and received the Order of Cumberland and Tollefson at Buena Vista University for exceptional service to the University as a faculty member.

Lanny enjoyed golfing, bowling and bike riding. He loved attending his grandchildren’s events and avidly kept statistics during their games. Most of all, Lanny was a loving and devoted husband to his wife LaVerne for 53 years and was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, LaVerne Grigsby of Storm Lake; son, Lance (Letha) Grigsby of Omaha, Neb.; daughters: Angela (Brian) Bos of Edgerton, Minn.; Amy (Jerry) Thompson of Pipestone, Minn.; grandchildren: Elizabeth, Ian and Jennifer Grigsby; Ashley and Brady Bos; Cody and Braxton Thompson; brothers: Charles (Lois) Grigsby of Aurelia; Marlan (Judy) Grigsby of Golden, Colo.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Myrna (Lawrence) Turnquist of Alta; Harvey (Claudia) Lichtenberg of Storm Lake; Jerry Willems of Marshalltown; extended family and friends.

Lanny was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters-in-law, Delores Nikoley and Norma Willems.