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Leonard 'Lanny' E. Stensaas Jr.

Nov 6, 2013 Staff

Leonard "Lanny" E. Stensaas Jr., of Lander, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at home with family by his side. He was 78 years old.

A visitation was Monday, Nov. 4, in the Chapel of Mount Hope at Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Chapel of Mount Hope. Burial followed in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Leonard (Lanny) E. Stensaas Jr. was born June 26, 1935, in Limon, Colo., the son of Leonard E. Stensaas Sr. and Charlotte Jane Willson.

He was a graduate of Rock Springs High School and the University of Wyoming.

During the Korean Conflict, he served in the Army Security Agency in Germany.

In August 1959, he married Norma Jean Sinesio. They had three children and later divorced.

He married Marge Palmer in 1989. After her death in 2003, he married Martha "Marty" Ridenour of Lander in 2005.

He spent time as an industrial arts educator, was part owner of Rock Springs Monument Company with his mother, and owned Evanston Aviation and Stensaas Photography befre moving to Lander in the late 1980s. He then was the safety officer at the Wyoming State Training School until his retirement. He also became an EMT, and his family said he thoroughly enjoyed that for 13 years. While working as an EMT, he founded and owned the Ultimate Hot Pack Company.

He was a city councilman in Rock Springs for eight years, and after moving to Lander he was involved with the International Stage Stop Sled Dog Race.

His family said he was an avid snowmobiler and belonged to the Lander Snowmobile Club. He loved drawing on napkins, welding, camping, and spending time in the outdoors and with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Marty, of Lander; daughters Lorna Bath and her husband John of Rock Springs, Amy Magagna of Santa Clara, Calif., and son Erik and his wife Kristy of Brandon, Miss.; stepdaughter Jan Sears and her husband Scott of Casper; grandchildren Erika Magagna, Zach Bath, Brayden Stensaas, Emma Stensaas, Josh White, Ryan Minor, Chad White and Jake Sears; brother Joe and his wife Theresa of Big Timber, Mont.; sister Debra Kinniburgh and her husband Scott of Saratoga; brother-in-law Dennis Miller of Lander; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Charlotte Stensaas, and Marge Stensaas.

Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church at 1515 Edgar St., Rock Springs, WY 82901, the Lander Community Center at 240 Lincoln St., Lander, WY 82520 or the charity of the donor's choice.

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