James Warner Lansdell, Sr., age 73, of Portland, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. He was born on December 5, 1944, in Humboldt, TN. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and served during Vietnam. Jim worked as a Communications Technician at AT&T for 30 years before retiring and beginning a second career as a Real Estate Agent for Coldwell Banker Frewen Realty. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosanne and 5 children, Becky (Jeremy) Beechler, Jim (Debbie) Lansdell, Liz (Todd) Weller, Renee (Terry) Peterson and Emily (Ryan) DeFour; fifteen grandchildren: Tori and Jenna Beechler; Amelia, Jordyn, Olivia and Evan Lansdell; Aiden, Tyson and Ethan Weller; Abby, Max and Tyler Peterson; Logan, Beckett and Jaelyn DeFour; his sister, Ruth Ann Sides of Tennessee and his in-laws, Mary Ann Thelen, Louie and Diane Smith, Ron and Teresa Spitzley, Mike and Joan Weller, Jim and Germaine Thelen and Mary Lansdell; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Eula Lansdell, his brother, Clifford Lansdell, Jr., and his sister, Vicky Card.
Jim was a long-time member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and loved spending his free time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He always said if he’d known how much fun they were, he would have had them first. His hobbies included traveling, photography, fishing and listening to music. Jim was fascinated by technology and could often be found sitting at a computer. He enjoyed being around people and loved making them laugh.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Larry King at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland. Rite of Committal will follow at Portland Cemetery. Military graveside honors will be provided by the V.F.W. Post #4090. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge St., Portland. The rosaries will be prayed on Friday at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sparrow Hospice Services. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.