Lew James Goranson, 86, of Greeley, Iowa, died at the Regional Medical Center on Friday, February 15, 2019. He was born on September 3, 1932, at home on the farm in rural Greeley, the son of Frank and Florence (Parker) Goranson. Lew attended Greeley School, where he was active in baseball and basketball. He graduated in 1951. After school he farmed with his dad.
Lew served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War from January 13, 1954, until January 12, 1956. He served with the Gyro Big Red One Unit in Germany.
On February 5, 1956, Lew was united in marriage to Shirley Edmonds at the Manchester Methodist Church. They were blessed with three children. Together they lived on the family farm and were dairy farmers their whole lives. They were awarded the Dairy Farmer of the year award.
Lew was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan. He loved family and being a grandpa to everybody. He enjoyed polka music and playing cards. Lew was a lifelong faithful member of Greeley Methodist Church and a former member of Greeley Odd Fellows Lodge. Lew participated in the Honor Flight on April 25, 2017.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Shirley Goranson of Greeley; three children, Terry (Barb) Goranson of Greeley, LuAnn (Tom) Bolsinger of Colesburg, and Danny (Kim) Goranson of Greeley; a special “son,” Joe (Ruth) Zirtzman of Mooreland, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his four sisters-in-law, Doris Lei of Manchester, Norma (Jerry) George of New Mexico, Joan Edmonds of Coggon, and Joyce Edmonds of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.
Lew was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Robert Goranson; and five sisters, Mabel Schnurstein, Betty Haynes, Mary Goranson, and two in infancy.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Greeley United Methodist Church in Greeley, Iowa, with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating.
Visitation: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood plus one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.
Interment with Military Rites: Grant View Cemetery – Greeley, Iowa