CLARION – Jon D. Lennarson 79, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at First Lutheran Church, Clarion, with Pastor Ron Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie. Additional visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. Monday at the Church until service time.

Jon was born in Fort Dodge, IA, on October 24, 1934, to David and Leah (Wilson) Lennarson. Jon grew up in Gowrie, IA, where he graduated High School in 1953. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean War. On June 26, 1955, Jon returned to Iowa and married his high school sweetheart, E. Joanne (Burger) Lennarson. They began their married life farming in Harcourt, IA. After starting a family, they owned and operated Jon’s Carpet Town in Clarion, IA, and later in life, J & J Services, where he took great pride in his carpentry work. Jon had many passions. He enjoyed dancing all his life, no matter who his partner was. He was an avid fisherman and delighted in camping with his 15 grandchildren at Lake Cornelia. He loved singing in the choir at First Lutheran Church of Clarion, spent countless hours tending his garden, and in the kitchen baking and cooking. He will long be remembered by his family from the recipes he has passed down, most famously, his Swedish meatballs.

Jon is survived by his longtime partner and friend, Beth Lyons of Clarion, IA. His five daughters Barbara Strong of Webster City IA; Annette (Todd) Nedved of Greenville, MI; Kristy (David) Eaton of Leawood, KS; Lorri Willim of Des Moines, IA; and Jodi (Bill) Kruger of Westford, MA; 14 grandchildren; James, Neele, Hayley, Karlee, Ali, Chelsea, Callie, Alex, Joshua, Leah, Blake, Kyra, Jon, Hannah; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Jane Schill and Barbara Hof. He is proceeded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joanne; his parents; sister, Norma Rootsinger; and granddaughter, Jessica Strong.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Jon’s honor to be left for the family’s discretion.