Lila I. Rauk, 81 of Leland died peacefully surrouneded by her family Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Westview Care Center in Britt, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Winnebago Lutheran Church, 40029 210th Ave., Lake Mills, Iowa with Pastor Bill Peters officiating.
Burial will be held in Winnebago Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, March 22, 2019 at Cataldo Schott Funeral Chapel, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Winnebago Lutheran Church.
Lila Rauk, the first-born daughter of Ingvald and Lavina (Torkelson) Askeland was born April 8, 1937 in Buffalo Center, Iowa. Lila graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1954 and began working at the local hospital. On March 18, 1955, Lila was united in marriage to Carlin “Butch” Egesdal, Jr. As a young couple they ran the locker in Ledyard prior to becoming farmers in several surrounding communities. In 1966, they purchased a small farm near Leland where Lila lived until she moved to Forest Plaza in 2009. In 1978, two years after Butch was tragically killed in a small plane crash, Lila was united in marriage to Arlyn Rauk. During the years between her marriages, Lila became known as an outstanding hog farmer and ultimately it was her passion for farming that made Arlyn escape his bachelor life. Together, they enjoyed raising pigs, cows, crops, and grandchildren.
Lila will always be remembered as an incredibly hardworking lady. She loved to bake and was often found delivering bars or kringla to the guys in the elevator or fields. After retiring from hog farming, Lila loved spending time on her John Deere lawn tractor and shopping at her favorite gift shops.
Lila loved playing with her grandchildren and teaching them many bits of wisdom. She taught them all a love for Jesus, land, animals, and ice cream.
Lila is lovingly remembered by 3 Children: Kathy (Joe) Skeens of Clive, Iowa, Darla (Stuart) Summers of Chanhassen, Minnesota, and Mark (Tammy) Egesdal of Leland. 13 Grandchildren/Step Grandchildren: Amber Egesdal, Jennith (Joseph) Poferl, Vanessa (Justin) Brady, Ashley Egesdal, Dane Tarmann, Brittany (Travis) Hanson-Pollack, Annette Egesdal, Katelyn Skeens, Zachary (Michaela) Egesdal, Courtney (Joe) Wilson, Zarren Egesdal, Nelson Summers, Spencer (Elise) Summers. 4 Great Grandchildren: Jasper and Zeke Poferl, Carter Egesdal, and Adeline Wilson. 4 Siblings: Koreen (Karen) Askeland, Orvin Askeland, Carolyn Skogen, Diane (Steve) Christianson. Lila will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, David on September 24, 1964, husbands, Butch Egesdal on July 10, 1976 and Arlyn Rauk on January 30, 2005 and parents Ingvald and Lavina Askeland.
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