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Lon Emerald Rossiter

February 1, 1923 - February 15, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Lon Emerald Rossiter

Lon Emerald Rossiter

Born: February 1, 1923
Died: February 15, 2021
Age: 98

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Lon Emerald Rossiter, 98, of Spencer, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021, at Spencer Hospital. He was born on February 1, 1923, to Burt and Alora Pearle (Manning) in Spencer, Iowa.

Lon was a kind and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He began his interest in farming as a member of 4-H. He raised and showed swine and beef at the Clay County Fair. He witnessed agricultural progress over his many years; from horse-drawn implements to modern tractors and combines with computerized operations. He worked in farming for the vast majority of his life. Lon was extremely proud of his family heritage, particularly when the Rossiter farm was honored as a Century Farm in 2012.

     One of his favorite pastimes was gardening and sharing his delicious sweet corn and asparagus with family, friends and neighbors. Lon also was a very familiar face to many at local auctions. As a young man, he volunteered at the Spencer Gliding School located at the Spencer Airport. He assisted in starting the propellers on the planes prior to takeoff. The planes would pull the craft in the air so the glider pilots could practice landing techniques.

     On February 14, 1956, Lon married Mary Louise Mehan. They lived in the city of Spencer for six years before moving to the Rossiter homestead two miles west of Spencer. Lon and Mary Lou were blessed with four sons.

     Lon loved his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments.  This was evidenced by the numerous photos and letters he kept close. 

Lon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Lou; two sons, Larry and Loren; and one brother Donald.

     Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Leo (Colette) Rossiter of Spencer and Lyle (Colleen) Rossiter of Westside; daughter-in-law Laura (Steven) Beckett of Baraboo, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Brett) Faine, Emily (Riley) Monahan, Erin (Nick Quinones) Rossiter, Evan (Mallory) Rossiter, David (Ivy Blummer) Rossiter, Hannah (Eric) Heiman, and Joseph Rossiter; nine great-grandchildren, Stella, Henrik, Graham, Brooks, Brody, Cohen, Shae, Huxley and Ellee; one brother Roger of Worthington, Minn.; other relatives and many friends.

Private Family Services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, February 19, 2021 at Warner Chapel in Spencer. 

The service will be livestreamed on Warner Funeral Homes Facebook page for friends to watch.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established by the family in Lon's name.
Rev. Tonna Parsons
Elizabeth Faine
Emily Monahan
Erin Rossiter
Hannah Heiman
Joseph Rossiter
Evan Rossiter
David Rossiter
"Go Rest High On That Mountain"
"Quietly, Peacefully"
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:56 AM
“We never got to meet Lon but he sure left a great legacy with his two sons, Leo and Lyle. Great guys to work with. May God's eternal Grace and Love be with you now and forever. ”
- Erik "Hondo" and Mariellen Mosbo
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“We truly loved this man, and our lives (and our kids' lives) are richer for having known him. Rest in peace, Lon. Praying for his dear family. ”
- Tim & Susan Christensen
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:22 PM
“Leo and family we are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family. ”
- Greg Foote & Cindy Evans
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:58 PM
“Leo, Colette and family - We are saddened at the loss of your father. What a great guy! May God wrap his loving arms around you during this time and hold you close in the difficult days ahead. Know we care. ”
- Dewey & Debbie Edeker
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:06 PM
“My deepest sympathy goes out to Leo, Lyle and their families. Lon was a great man and someone to admire. He had all the traits that made him a great husband, great father and great friend. He had a positive impact to anyone that was fortunate to have gotten to know him. He will be sorely missed. ”
- Kirby Seibel
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“My deepest condolences on the passing of your father Leo and Lyle and to your families. May you rest in peace”
- Bruce Richardson
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“Leo, Lyle and Family,
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lon was a great man that set a wonderful example for others with his love for family. He had a very giving nature and a wonderful sense of humor. We always enjoyed visiting Lon when we got back up to Spencer. He always made our girls feel special when he attended birthday gatherings for them. I will never forget the time we were up visiting my dad at the Spenser nursing home and we wanted to invite Lon, who was in his low 90s, to join us for dinner. We tried to reach him all day but were unable to connect. To our surprise, he showed up at the nursing home the next morning with a sack of vegetables from his garden. We learned we were unable to reach him because he had been in the field all day picking up rocks! We were always impressed with his work ethic and determination. Lon will be missed dearly.
- Don and Helen
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“Leo and Lyle and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Lon was such a beautiful soul. I loved hearing his laugh. He always had kind of a laugh/chuckle thing going on, which made me smile cuz it belonged only to him. He always asked about my kids, calling them by name. He had such a good memory. Then he would tell me about all of you. The video tribute is absolutely beautiful! You all make him very proud. It is difficult to watch great, honest, and humble (our super heroes) people move on. I won’t be there, in person, tomorrow to grieve the loss yet celebrate Uncle Lon. So thankful for livestream. Prayers and “hugs” for you all. Beverly. ”
- Bev Schmidt
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“My sympathies to the cousins and extended families. Beautiful tribute. For some reason, I don't remember the mustache. I do have wonderful memories of the homemade ice cream. Happy he will be forever with MaryLou. ”
- Denny and Debra Rossiter
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:04 PM
“So sorry for your loss, Leo and Colette. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Tami and Dale Kroll
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:04 PM
“Lon and Mary Lou were amazing neighbors when we moved to the country. Praying for your family during this difficult time!”
- Stephanie (Dvorak) Horsley
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:03 PM
“Leo an family sorry to hear about yoyr dads passing.Always the hardest to lose the rocks in our lives.Prayers to all of you.”
- Brad an Beth Blair
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:03 PM
“Lon had a gentle soul. So sorry for your loss Lyle, Leo and family. I am sure he was greeted with a big hug from Mary Lou.”
- Madonna Miller
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:03 PM
“My sympathy to Lon's family. I was a classmate of Loren's all throughout our school years in Spencer. I spent many wonderful hours on the farm playing( I was a town kid), and doing chores, climbing in the hay, etc. I really enjoyed Mary Lou's cooking and I even remember Lon making caramel corn one night. I couldn't believe that someone would butter their hands on purpose!! The video tribute was wonderful; what memories those photographs bring back! ”
- David L. Connell
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“I met your parents many years ago at Lon's and my Dad's, Ted Carpenter, yearly class reunions. What a great class they had! After my Mother's death in 2009 I went to several reunions with my Dad. Dad told me today that Lon was such a good friend. He had started being a friend in 1st grade and they graduated together. Dad is still doing very well at 98, but I dread the day he is no longer with us. God bless you with many wonderful memories and peace that your parents are together again. ”
- Nancy 'Carpenter' Gross
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“You have our sympathy!!”
- Barbara Kollasch
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Very, very sad to hear the news of Mr. Rossiter's passing! Sympathies and Prayers to Lon's family, relatives and friends! I'm sure he will be greatly, greatly missed by all! #PrayersToAll ”
- Rich Stoffers
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Leo, I am sorry for the loss of your father. You took very good care of him! May the peace that he now has also be yours.
Barb Eby”
- Barb Eby
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Leo & family, So sorry to hear about your Dad. Although, we never met him, he had a good son that was a fantastic neighbor to my Mom, Evie Schuck. You were so kind to help her. Thanks for all you did for her. She will be 105 in March & she is still in the nursing home. Just wish we could get in to see her. Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Shari Emmert
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Family of Lon Rossiter. Although I did not know him, his reputation was outstanding. What a wonderful long life n family. Deepest sympathy n love. Blessings n good memories,”
- Maureen Horsley
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Sorry for the loss of your Dad. I always enjoyed talking to him at Walmart he was quite a guy hope I can live as long as he did and be as mentally sharp as he was. ”
- Larry Myers
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:04 AM
“Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family. We were one of the fortunate ones to have been touched by Lon's smile and great personality. He will be missed by so many that had their lives touched by him. God Bless. ”
- Deb and Mike Wienhold
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“Sorry to hear of your loss ”
- Mark & Jolene Stoelk
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“Lon always had a kind word to share where ever we would see him. He will be missed and his memory live on for all to cherish. Friends, Ron and Cindy Pingel”
- Cindy and Ron Pingel
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:06 PM
“Lyle and family. So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Our parents had many card club parties. Always loved talking to your dad and mom when I saw them. ”
- Linda Moding Schurman
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:07 AM
“I always remember how kind Lon was to Mary Lou. When she couldn"t drive anymore, he would bring her to Mass and different church functions. Wonderful and kind couple.”
- Joan Kallsen
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:07 AM
“Lyle and family,
You and your family will be remembered in our prayers. Joh & Diane”
- John Walsh
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“So very sorry for your loss.
Sincerely, Mel and Margaret”
- Mel and Margaret Molitor
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Please accept my heart felt condolences on the passing of your dad. We spent a lot of time together bailing hay, walking beans and shelling corn. I want to share a favorite story I experienced with dad. We were shelling corn at Albert and Marion Pullen's place along Hwy 71. Marion had called us in for one of her delicious and hearty meals she always fixed when were shelling corn. We were in the dining room eating when your dad thought one of the guys sitting beside him had bumped his knee. After this happened a couple of times he got up and excused himself as he had an unwanted visitor that had crawled up his leg. Not missing a beat he went outside, removed the unwanted rodent and returned to finish his lunch. I helped shell may cribs of corn and I think your dad was always there helping too. Since moving back to the area in 2002 I have run into your dad in several places, mostly at the fair but also at the Regatta Grill in Storm Lake on Father's Day a couple of years ago. We always had a nice conversation that could have gone on for hours. It was just a little over a of month ago I ran into Lon for the last time. It was on his private drive that used to part of our bus route. May he rest in peace and is once again with your mom. He'll get to enjoy her homemade toffee again, the best I ever had.”
- Jerry Weiland
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:05 PM
“Sorry7 to hear about Lon. He was such a nIce fellow. Prayers to his family.”
- Jim &Pat Hynes
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:05 PM
“To all in Lon's family I extend to you my deepest sympathy. No kinder soul walked this earth than Lon.
Rest in Peace.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:05 PM
“Leo, Lyle and families, so sad to hear this we were neighbors for many years and have lots of fun memories from when I babysat you boys, the good old days.

- Nancy Newgard
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:05 PM
“ My condolences to the family. If everyone was like Lon, the world would be a much better place.”
- Richard Bailey
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“When I was a young debate coach to one of his sons, Mr. -and Mrs. Rossiter were so nice. Once, after a late night back from a debate tournament, snow filled roads, and after delivering the students home, they called me to make sure I arrived home okay. Over time we extended greetings at McDonalds or at the grocery store. When I go past the ‘Rossiter corner’ always look that direction, remembering when that seemed so far out of town, but not now. Good people...salt of the earth. ”
- Jan Myers
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:19 AM
“So sorry for your loss 😓
Lon was one of the good guys , enjoyed many cups of coffee ☕️ and conversations with him over the years.
Take care 🙏🏻and God Bless ✝️”
- Randy Krukow
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:19 AM
“may god bless and keep lon and his family”
- John and Cathy Kirschbaum
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:19 AM
“A life well lived! Godspeed Lon! Sending prayers to lift you all up at this sad time! Love, Sue & Dar”
- Sue Hoeppner
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