The Reverend Velman L. Luse , 85 of Decorah,IA


Died March 4, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.


Vel was born on March 17, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Frances and LuLu (Fleisher) Luse. He served in the US Navy. 


On August 31, 1947 he married Margaret Lou (Cooper) Luse, and graduated from Drake University Divinity School in 1951.


He served congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The churches served in Illinois were Mt. Sterling, Sullivan, Bloomington, and Rock Island. Designated the Illinois Rural Pastor of the year in 1963.


Iowa churches included Pleasantville, Diagonal-Tingley, Norwalk, Washington, and Panora, with interim positions in Rantoul, IL and Hedrick, IA. retiring in 1989 from the ministry. He was active in retirement serving on various organizations boards in the Keosauqua, IA area.


An extremely creative, imaginative individual that loved life, and a good story. His humor was contagious to everyone he met.


He was an artist in the Studio Art Tour for the last five years and engaged himself in conversations with everyone that visited. He enjoyed watercolor painting, scroll woodworking, wood carving, jewelry making, (with beads or stones), flower gardening, and CRIBBAGE. He taught cribbage to all of his grandchildren, some great grandchildren, and children. His first words after a hug and a hello were “Do you want to play Cribbage?”


Surviving are his children Linda (Mike) Hood Eureka, IL, Steve (Sara) Luse Decorah, IA, Tom(Sue) Luse West Des Moines, IA, Marcia (Doug) Nelson Rock Island IL. 10 grandchildren (super cousins) and 9 great grandchildren (super duper cousins) with another two on the way, and Pierre, his lovable dog.


Preceding him in death were his wife Marge in 2004, his parents, brothers, Fran, Jim, and sister Phyllis Anderson. The body has been bequeathed to the betterment of science, and mankind.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Decorah on April 6th at 2:00 PM. Nursery provided. Lift available (to the sanctuary level) via the west Broadway Street door.


Memorial contributions can be made to Art Haus, EmptyBowls or the Rapter Resource Project.


Knowing that our Mother and Father no longer will have broken hearts, and be re-united brings us joy.

Please leave a Hug for the family or share a Memory of Vel. Stories, anecdotes and jokes are welcome. You can also share pictures.