Leland A. "Pete" Lansbery

Died: Mon., Jun. 15, 2015


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 16, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Wed., Jun. 17, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Leland A. “Pete” Lansbery

Leland Alan “Pete” Lansbery went to be with the Lord at 11:50 P.M. Sunday June 14, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer and the effects of treatment.

Pete was born in Robinson, IL on August 24, 1931 with Dr. Alan G. Brooks assisting his mother. He was the son of Claude James Lansbery and Ruth (Sharp) Lansbery, both now deceased. In November 1952 he married Rosemary Dee Dennis who died in 2008. On August 24, 2002 he married Wanda Lee Lanter.

Pete grew up on a farm southeast of Robinson about three miles southeast of the overhead railroad bridge. He moved to Arizona as a young man to work for Reynolds Metals until joining the service when the Korean War broke out. He served with the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division, 27th Regimental Combat Team in the Iron Triangle, where some of the most vicious battles in the war took place. After the war his career included the oilfields for 14 years (Tidewater and Getty Oil Companies) then drove over the road semis for Marathon Oil Company.  Over the years he was an owner/ operator of a Marathon Gas Station as well as a Standard Oil Service station both in Robinson, IL, as well as a Real Estate Agent at Main Street Reality in Robinson, IL and later as an Apartment Manager for Cardinal Properties Industries in Florida.

Pete was a member of First Baptist Church of Oblong, IL; Oblong American Legion Post #219; Lifetime membership in EAA Chapter 174 Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, WI; Korean War Veterans Association and attended the 25th Infantry Division Reunion; member of the Sun & Fun Fly In of Lakeland, FL and was awarded the Chairman’s Award and chairman of the Kitchen Volunteers in Lakeland, FL.

Pete is survived by his wife Wanda Lee Lansbery of Oblong, IL; two sons James D. Lansbery and spouse Gary Stapleton of Indianapolis, IN and John A. Lansbery of Robinson, IL; step-son Gary and Gwenda Lanter of Oblong, IL; brother and sister-in-law Ray and Virginia Lansbery of Gulf Shores, AL; step –grandson Braden Lanter of Terre Haute, IN; nephews and nieces Jim and Ava Lansbery, Sue and Bill Craig, Judy and John Randall, Sharon and Charles Salesman, Sandy Potter, Alan and Lori Potter, Rick and Freda Potter, Linda and Joe Ainsworth, Steve Lansbery, Lori and Frank Domino, Lisa Lansbery, Matt and Trish Lansbery, Julie and Greg Lara, Dave and Diane Aten and Niece-in-law Betty Smothers.

Preceding Pete in death were his parents Claude James and Ruth Lansbery; his first wife Rosemary Lee Lansbery; brother and sister-in-law Max and Thelma Lansbery; three sisters and brothers-in-law Hazel and Ray York, Juanita and Glen Huelen, Wanda May and Otis Potter and nephew David Smothers.

A Celebration of Pete’s Life Service will be at 10:00 A.M Wednesday June 17, 2015 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL with Pastor Justin Sweitzer officiating. Burial will follow in the Hazel Dell Cemetery, Hazel Dell, IL. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Tuesday evening June 16, 2015 at the funeral home. The family requests that an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to Main Street Flags C/O Oblong Community Service Club. Envelopes will be at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL.

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Rod anstaett
   Posted Mon June 15, 2015
Thoughts are with you during this time.

Rod and Marian

Dori Sheese
   Posted Tue June 16, 2015
Wanda & family - so very sorry for your loss of my good buddy, Pete. Such a sweet & loving man and a great friend! He will truly be missed by everyone. Love you bunches!

anne lewis
   Posted Wed June 17, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I think about you so often. As you know, I was in the hospital and could not be with you,. Praying for you.

Dana Finney
   Posted Wed June 17, 2015
Hi Jim,
I am so sorry about your Dad. You may not remember me -- I lived behind your grandparents, Cleo and Orley Dennis, in Oblong. We had some play time way back when. I dearly loved your grandparents and also spent time with your great-grandmother when I worked at the nursing home. Your dad was a very nice man. I have a funny story about Cleo coming to my home in Fithian, if you are ever interested.
My best,
Dana Finney

Nancy (Crew)
   Posted Thu June 18, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about losing Pete. I am also sorry I did not make the visitation or the funeral. We live out in the country and receive the newspaper a day late. (This makes the notifications even worse over a weekend.)
We saw Pete at the Singspirations often. I would re-introduce myself to him, every time. I remember also, lots of "smiling times" with your folks and our family when we were growing up. Good memories, good memories.
Again, I am so sorry I missed seeing you. You also, bring a good smile to my face when I think of us in the younger years.
Both of my folks are gone too. This really teaches us about mortality, huh? My folks have been gone for over ten years. Time really flies.

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