Hal Ardell Lansdowne, age 84, of Gayville, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Memorial services are 7:00 PM, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at the Bon Homme Cemetery in rural Springfield, South Dakota at a later date.
Hal was born May 8, 1930 in Union County, South Dakota to Hiram and Sadie (Smith) Lansdowne. In his younger years, Hal worked for a lumber company in Oregon. He enjoyed racing cars and also riding horses and bulls in the rodeo. On August 19, 1962, Hal married Beverly Blachnik in Yankton. Hal worked for Western and J.A. Tobin Construction where he built many roads across the country, including I-29 from Kansas City to North Dakota. After his retirement in 1984, Hal went into his own business doing dozer work. He was also bus driver for Gayville-Volin School District and delivered trailers for Truck Trailer in Yankton.
Hal is survived by his wife, Beverly Lansdowne of Gayville; three sons: Brian (Penny) Lansdowne of Beresford, South Dakota, Hal Lansdowne of Gayville and Gene (Patty) Lansdowne of Box Elder, South Dakota; five grandchildren: Michael, Cody, Mitchell and Caleb Lansdowne and Branden Bernard; four great grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Lansdowne of Blye, Oregon.
Hal was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Edie Lansdowne.
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you and your family are in our prayers.
Box Elder Police Department
Beverly and boys...
you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Many hugs to you all!!
Julie (Tripp) Babcock
Hal was my brother in law and my sister Beverly was with Hal for
52 years. Hal lost his mother at age 5years when she had some sort of
internal rupture and perished suddenly. Hal had one brother who was 3years
old when their mother died. It was their fathers sister who raised the boys.
My sister Beverly was about 20 years old when she met Hal and he was about
32years old when they met in 1961. I was 7 years old then and my strongest
memory of Hal as a child was the white snowball trim in the rear window of
his car and this extreme worry about messing up his car. It was a Pontiac, I
think. His first son was born in 1966, the year my father died and I was
12. Hal's second son was born in 1970. He spent many years working for
Western Construction while they were building the interstate system we all
have enjoyed for many years. At about age 36years old, he lost his arm to a
conveyor belt while working for Western. The arm was mangled to the point of
hamburger and the doctors asked my sister permission to amputate it. She would not agree
because she did not feel it was her right to make this decision for him. The
arm did not recover and it had no feeling in it. I have never known anyone
to stand against adversity like I watched him over the years.
Jenny Blachnik Hanisch
So sorry to hear about your loss. We were unable to make it to the memorial service but are thinking of you. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and all of your family.
Dennis and Sherry Povondra and Emil and Evelyn Beran
My thoughts and prayers to all of Hal's family. I worked at Ma and Pa's in Gayville for seven years and had many conversations with Hal. He was always one of my favorites!
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