Alfred Landaas, 91, Albert Lea

Published 9:12 am Monday, December 27, 2010

Funeral services for Alfred C. Landaas, 91, of Albert Lea, will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. from Round Prairie Lutheran Church. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Burial will be at the Round Prairie Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Freeborn County Veterans organization. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. To sign the guest book go to


Alfred died on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Alfred Clifford Landaas was born on April 30, 1919, to Lars and Anna (Langeland) Landaas in rural Twin Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed by Rev. Storaslie at the Emmons Lutheran Church. He attended country school and then farmed with his father. In 1941 Alfred was drafted into the U.S. Army with the first group of draftees from Freeborn County. He was stationed at Ft. Scott in the Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., where his company guarded the Golden Gate Bridge. On Dec. 5, 1942, he was united in marriage to Mary Andersen in a military wedding at the Ft. Scott Chapel by Chaplain Alfred Hansen. He was stationed there until 1945 when he was transferred to Camp Howzie at Gainesville, Texas, and they lived there approximately one year. Alfred was then sent to Japan, but while on the transport ship the Japanese surrendered so they stayed in the Phillipines. He always joked that the enemy heard he was coming. He was honorably discharged in Jan. of 1946 and returned to Albert Lea. Alfred was employed at Wilson’s until 1948 when he and his wife began farming in Freeman Township where they lived for 58 years. He was also employed at Streators for 11 years and then became a rural letter carrier and retired from that position in 1981. He then worked for Lowell Ross Crop farming for 11 years and then for the Behrends Bros for 13 years. He began farming with a team of horses and a teo row corn planter and with the Behrends, he drove a tractor with air conditioning and a television. Alfred was a supervisor for the Freeman Township for 12 years, umpired for many Little League baseball games, was a 4-H leader, church treasurer and usher. He enjoyed all sports, especially when his children and grandchildren were competing. Alfred was instrumental in starting the Round Prairie Avenue of Flags and was a member of the Kiwanis II, the Emmons American Legion and past member of the church dartball league.

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Two highlights of his later life were when his nieces and nephews surprised him with a 90th birthday party and when he was able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII Memorial with his son Jim and being surprised there by his son Bob and grandson Bryan.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mary; son, Robert (Carol) Landaas, Southern Pines, N.C.; daughter, Jean, Austin; and son, James (Julie) Landaas, Gaylord; eight grandchildren: Michael and Jennifer Hage, Theresa Rasmussen, Jason and Bryan Landaas, BJ Landaas, Nathan and Aaron Landaas; great-grandchildren: Bailey, Emily, Alax, Isaac, Rae Lyn, Londyn and Isaiah; sister, Dorothy Reyerson, Northwood, Iowa; sisters-in-law: Harriet Wangen, Vange Landaas and Hazel Doyle, Albert Lea; many nieces and nephews and cousins in Norway.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Richard; infant twin brother and sister; brothers: Oscar and Lloyd; sisters: Lillian Hoyne, Myrtle Peterson and Martha Klukow; two great-grandchildren in infancy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Round Prairie Lutheran Church or Crossroads Community Hospice.